President Rudolf Schuster said he was going to go back to using trains after his limousine crashed into a chain of collided cars on a highway near Velke Zaluzie in the Nitra region.
The president's vehicle was one of 20 cars which collided on the morning of Wednesday January 1 due to heavy snow and strong wind. Of the 20 cars 10 were damaged, police said, including the president's limousine which was "significantly damaged on both sides" said Ján Packa, deputy head of the Office for Protection of Constitutional Officials.
President and his wife Irena suffered minor injuries, said doctors at Bratislava's Military Hospital.
Schuster's escort was involved in a similar accident last year in June. The president now believes it is safer to travel by train and said he was going to use the transport means "regardless of whether someone likes it or not". Schuster stopped using the railroad last year after being criticised for the high costs connected to his train travels.
Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda recommended yesterday that the president use air transport, but the head of state insisted on train and added that he was going to pay the travel costs himself.
Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports.
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3. Jan 2002 at 12:59