What we know about the minibus accident in Slovenia in which two French people, including a child, died

What we know about the minibus accident in Slovenia in which two French people, including a child, died
What we know about the minibus accident in Slovenia in which two French people, including a child, died

Two French nationals, a 40-year-old man and a 12-year-old child, were killed in a road accident in Slovenia on Friday morning, according to a police source in Le Parisien. “The deaths of a child and the driver of the minibus involved in the accident are to be deplored,” the Var prefecture said in a statement in the evening. Several children were also injured in the incident.

What happened ?

According to Slovenian media outlet RTV SLO, the collision with a semi-trailer occurred near the town of Vrtojba, on the Italian border, on Friday morning at around 9:30 am. The circumstances of the accident are still unclear at the moment.

It involved “two minibuses from Var which were transporting children (aged 8 to 15), as part of a sports trip”, the prefecture said, without saying how many people were involved in the accident.

The passengers are believed to be members of a sports club based in Trans-en-Provence and were probably returning from a football tournament in Austria.

How are the injured?

According to our information, seven children were injured and were taken to Šempeter hospital for treatment. The Quai d’Orsay confirmed to Le Parisien that several children were injured in the accident, without giving their number. However, it specified that their life prognosis is not engaged and that some are no longer hospitalized.

“The children’s injuries do not require intensive treatment or urgent surgical interventions,” a surgeon at the hospital had previously told RTV SLO. He said that the children were mostly “in shock” and that their parents were “on their way from France to Slovenia.”

Repatriation operations underway

Operations are currently focused “on organizing the repatriation of children and their companions and on providing psychological support to families,” the prefecture wrote in its press release.

An investigation into the accident has been launched on the Slovenian side, reports RTV SLO.

The crisis unit of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has been activated. The Quai d’Orsay specifies that representatives of the French embassy in Slovenia have gone to the site and are in contact with the Slovenian authorities.

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