Not less than 12 folks have been killed and 31 injured after a Polish bus full of spiritual pilgrims skidded off a freeway in northern Croatia early on Saturday morning.
Some 18 folks among the many 31 harm have suffered critical accidents after the bus crashed off the A4 freeway in Podvorec, about 30 miles (50km) north of capital Zagreb.
The almost certainly reason for the crash was the driving force falling asleep, state tv community HRT reported.
“All of the victims are Polish residents – we will at this level affirm this,” a Polish international ministry spokesman instructed broadcaster TVN24.
“The bus has Warsaw registration plates.”
The passengers have been travelling to Medjugorje, a Roman Catholic shrine in southern Bosnia, Croatian inside minister Davor Bozinovic stated.
Officers from the Polish embassy in Croatia have been this morning making their technique to the scene, in line with a spokesperson for Poland’s Ministry of International Affairs.
Emergency companies have been deployed after the crash occurred round 5.40am close to Breznicki Hum, within the route of Zagreb, police stated.
An investigation into the reason for the crash is now below approach.
The part of street close to to the scene has been closed to visitors to allow passengers to be rescued.
Medjugorje is claimed to be the location of quite a lot of apparitions of the Virgin Mary, who is claimed to have first been seen by six native kids in 1981.
The shrine, situated 12 miles (20km) east of the Croatian border, is Europe’s third hottest pilgrimage vacation spot after Lourdes, in France, and Fatima in Portugal.
In a press release on Fb, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, stated he had spoken to his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenkovic, who assured the “full help of Croatian medical companies”.
Croatia’s minister of international and European affairs, Gordan Grlić Radman, expressed his condolences to the victims and wished the folks harm a speedy restoration.
“The Croatian folks stand in solidarity with Poland and its residents,” he tweeted.
Polish counterpart, Zbigniew Rau, additionally expressed his sorrow over the tragedy and thanked the Croatian state companies and public for his or her assist.