Polish authorities are reacting to the tragic accident of a coach with Polish pilgrims in Croatia. The minister of health, the deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the director of the Polish Medical Air Rescue will travel to and from the hospitals where the injured were sent. “We are in contact with the Croatian services” – assured the head of the Ministry of Health, Adam Niedzielski.
The Croatian Interior Ministry informed that a bus accident had occurred on Saturday around 5.40 am on the A4 motorway north of Zagreb, in the Varajdin region between Jarek Bisaszki and Podvorec. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that the victims were Polish pilgrims on their way to Medjugorje.
According to the latest information, 12 people have died and several dozen are injured to varying degrees: from light to severe wounds. – At the moment I can confirm the information about 34 injured people – said the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Łukasz Jasina in an interview with TVN24 after 10.00.
The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Zagreb has launched a hotline where members of the victims’ families can obtain information: + 385 148 99 414.
The Polish consul and vice-consul are at the scene of the accident. On the order of the prime minister, health minister Adam Niedzielski, deputy foreign minister Marcin Przydacz, as well as medics and psychologists from the Medical Aid Team go there. Morawiecki said that in the morning he talked about the details of the tragedy with the Prime Minister of Croatia, Andrej Plenković, who assured of the full support of the Croatian medical services. “I have instructed our consular services to organize support for the families of the accident participants,” the head of government wrote in social media.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Łukasz Jasina announced that the Croatian Minister of the Interior was also going to the scene of the accident.
Adam Niedzielski specified that he was going to the place – and to hospitals where the injured Poles were – together with the director of the Air Ambulance Service.
President Andrzej Duda offered condolences to the families of the victims. He assured that the Polish authorities were working with Croatian emergency services and authorities to help our compatriots.
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced that he had talked with Prime Minister Morawiecki about the accident. “On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, I expressed my condolences to the families of the victims, informing them about the involvement of all services, and the wounded were provided with assistance,” he wrote.
The announcement was also made by the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zbigniew Rau, who said that he had talked with his counterpart, Gordan Grlić Radman. “I thanked the Croatian state services and the public for their help,” wrote the minister.
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