(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Reuters
VARAZDIN, Croatia:Twelve people were killed and 31 injured, 18 of them seriously, when a Polish bus filled with religious pilgrims slipped off a road and crashed near Varazdin in northwestern Croatia early on Saturday, authorities said.
Police, firefighters and medical teams were deployed to the site of the accident that occurred at 5:40 a.m. near Breznicki Hum in the direction of the capital Zagreb, the police said.
'We have 43 injured people, of them 12 deceased,' said Maja Grba-Bujević, the director of the Croatian Emergency Medicare Institute.
'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.'
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The passengers were adult pilgrims who were travelling to Medjugorje, a Roman Catholic shrine in southern Bosnia, Croatian Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic told reporters. An investigation into the cause of the accident was under way.
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