Bus crash in Croatia kills 14

September 7th, 2008 - 8:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Zagreb/Bratislava, Sep 7 (DPA) A Slovak tour bus crashed Sunday on a highway in Croatia, killing 14 people and leaving two in a critical condition, a Slovak official said.The bus with 49 passengers swerved off the Zagreb-Split highway near the mountain town of Gospic and slammed straight-on into an overpass concrete pillar shortly before 6 a.m., spokesman for the Slovak Interior Ministry Erik Tomas said.

The passengers, mostly elder vacationers, were on the way from the eastern Slovak city of Kosice to Vodice, a resort town on the central Adriatic coast, he said.

Rescue and medical teams, including airborne paramedic crews, rushed to the scene, roughly halfway between the capital Zagreb and Split, the country’s major Adriatic port.

Nineteen people, including two in a critical condition, were treated in hospitals in Gospic and Zagreb, Slovak officials said.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

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