Monday, 14 February 2022

One Dead After Car Drives Off Road During Police Pursuit for Migrants

14 February, 2022 - One person was killed on Monday when a car hurtled off the road near Fužine, after the driver did not stop for police officers and continued to drive through a lowered ramp at the motorway toll station, Primorje-Gorski Kotar police said.

The fleeing car landed in a 20-metre deep ravine near Kraljev Jarak and Rogozno, on the old road through Gorski Kotar, in the hinterland of Rijeka nearly 40 minutes after it passed through the road barrier. Police were informed about the accident by the ambulance at about 1.10 p.m. In addition to the persons who died, there were a few injured persons in the car. Police said that the search for the person suspected of driving the car was ongoing.

For now, it has been determined that the cause of the accident was the driving speed and the wet road.

On the Rijeka-Zagreb motorway, at about 12.20 p.m., police officers tried to stop the car, which had foreign licence plates, as part of intensified surveillance of illegal migrations. The car did not stop and it went through the barrier at the exit near Delnice.

The place of the accident is about 15 kilometres away from the toll station.

All injured persons received aid.

Monday, 22 March 2021

11 Syrians Injured in Highway Accident Near Okučani Hospitalised

ZAGREB, 22 March, 2021 - Following a serious motorway accident near the Okučani junction on Monday, in which four persons were killed, 11 injured Syrian nationals have been admitted to hospital in Nova Gradiška, hospital director Josip Kolodziej confirmed to Hina.

"Six people have been seriously injured, one person is in critical condition and one is undergoing surgery," he said.

Kolodziej confirmed that all persons admitted were foreign nationals who identify themselves as Syrians.

Four injured persons each were taken to hospitals in Slavonski Brod and Pakrac.

Four people were killed at Okučani when a truck transporting hay overturned. An investigation is underway to determine how the injured persons got into the trailer of the truck.

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Thursday, 23 January 2020

Zadar Car Accident Rescue: Driver and Nissan Suspended Over Sea!

A woman who lost control of her car, which hung precariously off the side of a wooden jetty in Zadar, was rescued and escaped without injury. Early this morning there was a car accident along the Zadar shoreline for which a picture speaks more than a thousand words.

The dramatic rescue operation and rapid intervention was performed by Zadar firefighters, which prevented a woman and her vehicle from falling into the sea on Trpimirova obala near Starački dom (Nursing Home). The driver escaped without injuries, and firefighters are trying to save the vehicle as well, according to Toni Pajkin/HRT on January 23, 2020

Nissan Hung Precariously Off Wooden Jetty

This morning didn’t start off well for the driver of a Nissan. Going around the bend on Draženica, she lost control of her car, while attempting straighten the steering wheel. Although she didn't end up in the sea; most of her car hung off a wooden jetty suspended over water.

The car had stopped before it crashed. But even a slight motion posed a threat of the car tumbling down into the sea. Although the water is not very deep in this area, crashing into the water would have meant that the woman, who was trapped in the car, could have sustained serious injuries.

She could have sustained arm and leg fractures, head injuries or suffered even more severe consequences. Although the possibility of drowning was ruled out, because the firefighters and ambulances arrived quickly and were already on the scene, it is not difficult to imagine a potential ugly outcome.

Zadar Driver Remained Calm, Didn’t Move, Called Husband

The woman didn’t panic and remained calm in her car. She called her husband – and you can see him in the video wearing a black hat watching the rescue. She stayed still so as not to rock the car and waited for rescuers to arrive. Within 20 minutes, firefighters secured the car and had extended a brace over the water. Then they looped a strap through the window openings and attached it to the crane, which stabilized the car.

After that, the woman climbed out of the vehicle, kissed her husband and breathed a huge sigh of relief. She then spent a few minutes in the ambulance to so that professionals could conduct preventive check-up. But when she came out, she said repeatedly to her husband, "I'm still shaking all over; hold me!"

‘My wife parked the car the wrong way!’

Who wouldn’t shake after this experience on this foggy morning in Drošanjica. At the end of the rescue operation, the husband gave his thoughts on what happened: "Aw, no big deal. My wife parked the car the wrong way!" Both husband and wife were up for a little humor after the successful rescue.

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