Five people killed in Ukrainian bus crash in Poland

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Five people have been killed in a bus accident in Ukraine.
Five people have been killed in a bus accident in Ukraine.
Getty Images
  • Five people have been killed and 40 others injured in a bus accident in Ukraine.
  • The bus which was carrying 57 passengers careened off the road into a ditch.
  • Police said it was too early to say what might have caused the accident.


Five people were killed and about 40 injured when a Ukrainian bus careered off the road into a ditch in south eastern Poland during the night, local authorities and rescue workers said on Saturday.

Earlier, local media and medical services said six people had died in the accident, but the death toll was later revised.

"After checking in all hospitals, where the injured were taken, it turned out that there are five casualties," a spokesman for the Podkarpackie region was quoted as saying by the state news agency PAP.

"We know that one person was brought to a hospital in a critical condition. A life-rescuing surgery was conducted and we hope that this life will be saved," the region's governor, Ewa Leniart, told a news conference, saying 14 of the injured people were in a serious condition.

There were 57 people on the bus, Leniart added, and a local medical spokesman said it was bound for Ukraine when the accident took place.

"The passengers were mostly sleeping when the accident happened, most were not strapped with seat belts, so they were seriously injured. They were mostly young people going home from work," the spokesman said.

He said the bus had apparently hit a traffic barrier while leaving a highway and careened into the ditch. Police said it was too early to say what might have caused the accident.

All of the passengers were Ukrainians, a fire brigade official told local television.

An estimated one million to two million Ukrainians live or work in Poland.

"People were screaming, begging for help, there were no tools, had we had the tools we might have been able to help somehow. We took as many people out as we could," one passenger, identified as Aleksandr, told a local television station.


Did you know you can comment on this article? Subscribe to News24 and add your voice to the conversation.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Would you choose to continue working from home after the coronavirus lockdown if given the option?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, it's much better for me
40% - 7280 votes
No ways! I can't wait to get back to the office
12% - 2127 votes
A mixture of both would suit me best
48% - 8778 votes
Vote
USD/ZAR
14.51
(-0.5)
GBP/ZAR
19.95
(-0.4)
EUR/ZAR
17.33
(-0.2)
AUD/ZAR
11.09
(-0.2)
JPY/ZAR
0.13
(-0.2)
Gold
1,745.56
(+0.7)
Silver
25.35
(+2.1)
Platinum
1,160.50
(-1.2)
Brent Crude
63.28
(+0.5)
Palladium
2,697.50
(+0.7)
All Share
67,073
(+1.0)
Top 40
61,383
(+1.2)
Financial 15
12,155
(+0.1)
Industrial 25
87,974
(+1.6)
Resource 10
67,823
(+1.0)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo