At least 12 people have died after a bus carrying pilgrims ran off the road in northern Croatia.
It is believed that the tragedy may have happened after the driver fell asleep at the wheel.
The vehicle involved had Polish number plates and was carrying 43 people when it went off the road.
Several other people are said to have been seriously injured in the terrible crash.
Croatian state television HRT reported that around 30 people were injured, many seriously.
It said the most likely cause of the accident was the driver falling asleep, but an investigation is ongoing.
The broadcaster showed video of a blue bus crashing into a ditch next to the highway.
According to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, it was en route to a Catholic shrine in Medjugorje, a town in southern Bosnia, towards Zagreb, the Croatian capital.
He said on Facebook: “This morning I spoke to Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic about the details of the tragedy, who pledged the full support of Croatian medical services.
“I have recommended to our consular services to organize a relief organization for the families of those involved in the accident.”
Croatian Interior Minister Davor Bozinic said the bus came from “a place near Warsaw” and “according to some information” it was carrying pilgrims to Medjugorje.
The accident happened at 5:40 a.m. local time about 30 miles north of Zagreb on the A-4 highway, a route that sees heavy traffic during peak season.
Rescue teams were dispatched to the scene of the accident and an investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing, Croatian media reported.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/08/06/croatia-at-least-12-killed-in-horror-bus-crash-involving-polish-pilgrims-17138498/ Croatia: At least 12 dead in horror bus crash involving Polish pilgrims