Ten people were killed in a bus accident on a Croatian motorway near the border with neighboring Bosnia-Herzegovina. Dozens of other people were injured in the accident, ten of them seriously. The cause was apparently a microsleep of the driver.
A serious bus accident occurred early on Sunday morning on the Croatian A3 motorway near the border with neighboring Bosnia-Herzegovina. A bus with a Kosovar license plate was traveling on the highway that connects the Croatian capital Zagreb with the Serbian border when it suddenly went off the road near the town of Slavonski Brod and overturned.
Ten people were killed in the accident and at least 44, including children, were injured. More than ten passengers are considered seriously injured. They were admitted to the nearby hospital in the town of Slavonski Brod. The dead are nine passengers and one of the two drivers.
The bus was on its way from Frankfurt to Pristina in the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo. A total of 67 passengers, including 13 children, and two drivers were in the vehicle. The cause of the accident is apparently the driver’s sleep for a second, who lost control of the vehicle as a result. He survived and was arrested. The local police chief Franjo Galić described the accident as “one of the worst accidents I have ever seen”.
Photos posted on social media show the bus lying on its side by the roadside. In particular, the passengers who sat in the lower front area of the vehicle are said to have died or were seriously injured, survivors told the Croatian press.
According to the Kosovar ambassador in Zagreb, Gezim Kasapolli, all passengers on the bus were citizens of the self-proclaimed state of Kosovo, who live and work in Germany and were on their way to their home country.
Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti has already traveled to Croatia and, together with his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenković, visited injured people in hospital. In Kosovo, which declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, today is state mourning day.
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