Thursday, July 31, 2014

Croatia/UK: Update--Fatality Collision for British Family of Five with Truck in Dubrovnik

According to the UK-based The Daily Mail, a British father and two of the couple's children were killed earlier today (July 31) in a head-on collision with a truck while the mother and a third child sustained critical injuries near the village of Slano in southern Croatia.

The driver of the car, a Briton, 37, was killed, along with the two youngsters in the incident in Slano, near Dubrovnik at 0750 hours. 

The man's wife, aged 44, and her eight-year-old son are currently in an intensive care ward at the City Hospital in Dubrovnik.

According to initial reports, the BMW 3 Series driven by the father hit a concrete verge at the side of the road and bounced into the path of a large road maintenance truck approaching from the opposite  direction.

COMMENT: The mother and son surviving the collision were critically injured and are both fighting for their lives. 

Our prayers and condolences go out to the entire family as well as the driver of the truck, who was also injured.

The crash happened on the Adriatic coast road on the way to Dubrovnik; the family was traveling in a BMW 3 series with British number plates, indicating that they had driven to the region from the UK.

There has been a steady increase in British tourists heading to Croatia in recent years and UK government figures estimate that around 400,000 British nationals currently visit the country every year.

According to figures released by the Croatian National Tourist Office, more than 300,000 Brits holidayed in Croatia between January-August 2013, a boost of 24% on the same period in 2012.

The boom is partly thanks to an increase in flight availability from the UK to Croatia since 2012, with further plans for development in the near future. The European Investment Bank has approved a €120 million (£95 million) loan for the expansion of the Zagreb Airport, a key link with the rest of Europe.

The driver of the Croatian truck was also injured and transported to the hospital in Dubrovnik.

The roadway, which is a key route for tourists heading to holidays along the in the Croatian coastline, remains closed  and the queue of cars caused by the accident was 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) in both directions.

This report will be updated as new information is received.