Eight Czechs killed in bus crash in Croatia
For 51 Czech passengers aboard a bus chartered by the Brno travel agency Atlas Adria, a summer holiday turned into a nightmare on Saturday. En route to the popular Croatian holiday destination Makarska Riviera, the bus swerved off the road and overturned. Eight passengers were killed in the accident and more than 40 injured. Some have since returned to the Czech Republic via military aircraft.
“I was sleeping when the accident happened. But the noise and the impact woke me up, and I could tell the bus was turning over. I heard glass shattering, and crashed into the seat, it was a horrible sound. There was glass everywhere and I could hear the people around me shouting because they were stuck under their seats.”
A special military transport brought most of the injured passengers back to the Czech Republic on Sunday. Tomáš Dub, deputy of the Foreign Minister, explains the logistics of the transport.
“We have brought 24 patients back to the Czech Republic. One of them is injured severely and is being treated at the Military University Hospital in Prague, along with three others who were not as severely injured. At the Brno military hospital, 16 patients who suffered light injuries and four patients who were badly hurt are being treated. The plane stopped in Zadar first, and then in Zagreb, where we rescued a severely injured 60-year-old woman.”
Seven Czech patients remain in Croatia, among them a pair of twin girls who are being treated at hospital in Zagreb. Doctors say their condition has been improving. Five passengers were hospitalized in the town of Gospič, near the site of the accident. One of them was released from hospital on Monday. Another military transport may bring the Czech patients who have stayed behind for treatment in Croatia home later this week.