On September 10, the Slovak Cabinet announced it was sending an air force transport airplane to Croatia to bring home the remains of fourteen Slovak tourists killed in a bus crash in Croatia on Sunday.
Cabinet ministers made the decision based on a previous agreement with health insurance companies. Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák said that the plane will leave in a few days, or even hours. The bodies will be transported to Košice, where they will be DNA-tested, as only seven of the victims have so far been identified.
Three Slovaks remain in hospital in Zagreb and one woman remains hospitalised in Rijeka. In the morning of September 10, a fifth injured woman returned to Slovakia from a hospital in Gospic. As with four women who were taken back to Slovakia on the evening of September 9, she was hospitalised in Košice. Twenty-six people were already flown back to Slovakia on a government plane shortly after the accident.
Fourteen people were killed in the bus accident on Croatia's main highway, which connects the capital, Zagreb, with Split. The bus hit a highway flyover pillar near the town of Gospic. The police have been examining two possible causes of the accident: the driver falling asleep, or a burst tyre. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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10. Sep 2008 at 19:00