A dozen tourists were killed when a bus swerved off a motorway after fears the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel.
At least 12 people died and 31 were injured when their bus crashed off the A4 motorway in Podvorec, some 30 miles north of Zaghreb, Croatia.
State broadcaster HRT reported that the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel before the accident.
The bus was carrying people who wanted to go to a Catholic shrine in southern Bosnia.
The trip was organized by the Brotherhood of St Joseph Catholic group – and it included three priests and six nuns.
“Some of the injured passengers are fighting for their lives,” Croatian Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said.
Pictures from the crime scene show the blue bus almost completely flattened by the impact.
Rescue workers can be seen removing bodies from the crash site as an investigation into the exact cause of the crash begins.
“All victims are Polish citizens – we can confirm that at this point in time,” a spokesman for the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs told TVN24.
“The bus has Warsaw license plates.”
Police were called to the scene after the crash at 5:40 a.m. local time on Saturday.
Rescuers tried to rescue people from the horrific wreckage.
The road was closed to allow rescue workers to work at the scene of the accident.
Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said he spoke to his counterpart, who pledged the “full support of the Croatian medical services”.
Meanwhile, the Croatian Foreign Minister expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.
“Croatian people show solidarity with Poland and its citizens,” he tweeted.
The Polish foreign minister repeated his counterpart’s sad message and thanked Croatia for its support.
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