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At least 12 dead after bus skids off highway in Croatia

The passengers were adult pilgrims who were travelling to a Roman Catholic shrine in southern Bosnia, Croatia's Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said.
/ Source: Associated Press

At least 12 people were killed and several others were injured when a bus skidded from a highway in northern Croatia, police said.

The passengers were adult pilgrims who were travelling to Medjugorje, a Roman Catholic shrine in southern Bosnia, Croatia's Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic told reporters.

“We have 43 injured people, of them 12 deceased,” said Maja Grba-Bujević, the director of the Croatian Emergency Medicare Institute.

Emergency workers at the scene of a bus crash in Croatia
Members of the police and emergency services work at the wreckage of a bus accident on the Varazdin-Zagreb highway near Zagreb, Croatia on Aug. 6, 2022.Damir Sencar / AFP via Getty Images

An investigation into the cause of the accident was under way, police said, adding that the bus was registered in Poland.

“All the victims are Polish citizens — we can at this point confirm this,” a Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman told Polish private broadcaster TVN24. “The bus has Warsaw registration plates.”

The accident happened at 5:40 a.m. local time (11.40 p.m. ET Friday) some 30 miles north of Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, on the A-4 highway, which is busy during the peak of the tourist season.

Rescue teams were sent to the location of the accident, Croatian media reported. No other details were immediately available.