ZAGREB, Croatia: Authorities have said that a weekend bus crash near Varazdin in Croatia killed 12 passengers and injured 32.
The bus, which was filled with Polish pilgrims, slipped off a road and crashed on the highway between Varazdin in northwest Croatia, and the capital Zagreb.
According to Croatian Health Minister Vili Beros, 19 people remain hospitalized in serious condition.
Marcin Przydacz, deputy head of the Polish Foreign Ministry who was traveling to the site, said the injured were being treated at five hospitals in Croatia.
The bus was transporting 44 Polish pilgrims, including two drivers, to Medjugorje, a Roman Catholic shrine in southern Bosnia, he added.
A ministry spokesman said there were three priests and six nuns among the group.
As part of project "Safe Tourist Destination," Croatian authorities treating the survivors were helped by Polish police officers who traveled to Croatia to assist.
The cause of the accident is being investigated.