Direct bus to Medjugorje leaves the road: 12 dead- Corriere.it

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Another 30 pilgrims were also injured in the accident. The victims were all from Poland. The vehicle was located about 60 kilometers north of Zagreb

the provisional toll of a road accident in northern Croatia involving a bus loaded with Polish pilgrims headed for the Catholic shrine of Medjugorje, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, of twelve dead and thirty injured. Eighteen of the injured, all of whom were transported to hospitals in the area, are said to be in serious condition, said Maja Grba Bujevic, chief of emergency services in Croatia. An official from the Polish consulate in Croatia, Dagmara Lukovic, specified that the passengers were all Polish citizens. The incident occurred around 5:40 am local time when the bus went off the road about 60 kilometers north of Zagreb.

The accident occurred along the Budapest-Rijeka highway; 43 people were on the bus, including two drivers. At the origin of the tragedy there could be a fall asleep by one of the drivers. The man lost control of the vehicle just in facing a curve, causing it to fall into an escarpment on the side of the road. The reconstruction was confirmed by police spokesman Matko Muric. The news that the group was headed towards the Bosnian sanctuary was also confirmed by the premier of Warsaw Mateusz Morawiecki: I spoke this morning with the Croatian premier Andrej Plenkovic who assured me of the maximum collaboration.

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In recent days, thousands of devotees had arrived in Medjugorje from all over Europe on the occasion of the international youth festival which takes place in the Bosnian town from 1st to 6th August. Pope Francis had also sent a greeting message to all participants in recent days.

August 6, 2022 (change August 6, 2022 | 13:52)

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