Photo: Bratislava Police

One dies, 55 injured in bus collision in Slovakia

A Hungarian bus crashed on the D2 motorway in Slovakia, the state secretary for bilateral relations of the foreign ministry said on his official Facebook page on Monday afternoon.

Tamas Menczer also told public broadcaster M1 that 59 Hungarians from Budapest and Miskolc were traveling on the bus, and it was thought that they were pensioners.

Based on current information, one person died, 13 were seriously injured, 8 were moderately hurt, and 37 sustained light injuries. Slovak ambulance units transferred the injured to 4-5 hospitals.

Menczer said Hungarian diplomatic staff from the Bratislava embassy were at the scene of the accident.

Two drivers tested negative for alcohol, according to M1.

The ministry asked relatives to contact the Hungarian consular service’s call centre for inquiries concerning the injured.

According to earlier reports, one passenger died and more than 55 were injured when a Hungarian bus collided with a lorry on Slovakia’s D2 motorway on its way to Czechia.

The accident occurred nearby a parking lot at Zavod (Pozsonyzavod), in western Slovakia, TASR news agency said, adding that more than 30 firefighters were dispatched to the scene of the accident.

According to Slovak news portal, newly appointed Slovak health minister Michal Palkovic stated that every passenger of the Hungarian bus will receive immediate and high quality medical care. “We will do our best to save their lives. I am extremely sorry about the victim who died, and my condolences to the family,” he said.

President of the Republic Katalin Novak on Facebook expressed her condolences to the victims and their families, and also thanked the Slovak authorities for their assistance in the rescue operation.

Ten of the injured have been taken to Bratislava University Hospital, and the condition of eight is critical. The rest of the injured are being treated in other hospitals in Bratislava, Malacky, Trnava and Skalica.

The lightly injured will soon be able to leave for Hungary, with a special flight having been arranged to take them home, according to M1.

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