Richter reportedly suffered spinal injury in car crash

Labour Minister Ján Richter, whose official limousine crashed on June 11 near Galanta, reportedly injured his lumbar spine. He is currently hospitalised in the University Hospital in Bratislava, as is his driver, who reportedly suffered concussion and chest injuries. Both men are currently in a stable condition, the Sme daily reported on June 12.

Labour Minister Ján Richter, whose official limousine crashed on June 11 near Galanta, reportedly injured his lumbar spine. He is currently hospitalised in the University Hospital in Bratislava, as is his driver, who reportedly suffered concussion and chest injuries. Both men are currently in a stable condition, the Sme daily reported on June 12.

After the accident Prime Minister Robert Fico, Health Minister Zuzana Zvolenská and Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák visited Richter in hospital. Though Fico confirmed that the men are all right, he refused to comment on the reasons for the accident, saying only that it happened “during a big storm, heavy rain”, as reported by Sme.

Neither Zvolenská, nor hospital spokesperson Petra Stano Maťašovská wanted to reveal any details about Richter’s injuries. They only said they were not serious and that neither the minister nor his driver would have to undergo surgery, according to Sme.

However, early on June 12 the SITA newswire reported that Richter had undergone surgery overnight.

The official government limousine carrying Richter crashed on June 11 at around 11:00 on the R1 dual carriageway near the municipality of Pata in Galanta district. There were no other vehicles involved in the incident. The police are currently investigating, Sme wrote.

Sources: Sme, SITA

NOTE: This story was updated at 12:00 on June 12, 2013, adding new reports about Richter's medica treatment.

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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