On the A4 motorway in Croatia, there was a tragic accident of a Polish coach going from Częstochowa to Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina. – There were three priests and six nuns among the pilgrims. The rest are lay pilgrims from the vicinity of Sokołów, Konin and Jedlnia near Radom, i.e. mainly from the Masovian Voivodeship, said the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Łukasz Jasina, at noon.
In Croatia there was a serious coach accident from Poland on Saturday morning. The services received information about the accident around 5.40 am on the 62nd kilometer of the A4 motorway towards Zagreb between the villages of Jarek Bisaszki and Podvorec. According to the spokesman of the Croatian police, Marko Muric, the bus ran off the road and fell into a ditch. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed that 11 people were killed and 12 of the victims died in the hospital. More than 30 people are injured.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced at noon that a dozen or so people were seriously injured. “There were 42 pilgrims and two drivers on board,” he said. – We managed to establish contact with the lightly wounded, unfortunately many of the wounded are seriously injured. At the moment, we are focusing on monitoring their health and helping Croatian services save their lives, he added.
– It was a pilgrimage organized by the office of the Brotherhood of Saint Joseph, which left Częstochowa yesterday for Medjugorje, a Marian center in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Among the pilgrims there were three priests, six nuns, the rest are lay pilgrims from the vicinity of Sokołów, Konin and Jedlnia near Radom, i.e. mainly from the area of the Masovian Voivodeship – said the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Łukasz Jasina at noon.
As he added, “as long as he is right”, the coach driver is alive. At the same time, he made a reservation that these are preliminary arrangements that will be verified in the coming hours. Earlier, he said that the bus had Warsaw registration numbers, it came from Grodzisk Mazowiecki.
– We are focusing on helping our citizens and cooperation with the Croatian authorities, which have taken this matter very hard since this morning. At the scene of the accident were, inter alia, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs of Croatia – pointed out Jasina.
Helpline for relatives who have been injured in a coach accident in Croatia
Minister of Health Adam Niedzielski and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcin Przydacz will go to the scene of the accident, informed Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. President Andrzej Duda assured the cooperation with Croatian authorities and rescue services. The police sent Polish officers serving in Croatia to help Croatian services.
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