BUCHAREST — A bus carrying 47 Greek passengers crashed into a height restriction barrier in Romania’s capital on Friday leaving one person dead and more than 20 injured, authorities said.
The incident occurred in central Bucharest at around 1:30 p.m., authorities said. Raed Arafat, the head of Romania’s Department for Emergency Situations, told reporters that 22 of the passengers were transported to local hospitals, and one remains in critical condition.
Romania’s health ministry said in a statement that some of the passengers were trapped inside the bus and that 10 ambulance crews were sent to the scene to provide emergency medical assistance.
Photos published in local media outlets show the roof of the bus crushed underneath the height barrier. All of the occupants, including the driver, were Greek citizens, authorities said.
“The emergency response has ended at this point,” Arafat said, adding that the driver remained to provide statements to police.
Greek FM Dendias in contact with Romanian authorities over Greek bus accident
Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias has contacted Greek Ambassador to Romania Sophia Grammata, after a bus accident involving Greek tourists in Bucharest on Friday, requesting that the embassy help out.
According to a statement by the Greek Foreign ministry, Dendias requested that embassy staff remain by the side of those injured and their relatives for as long as necessary.
“In addition, the Foreign minister spoke with relatives of the injured, conveying his wishes for a speedy recovery and his assurance that the Greek embassy will assist them in every possible way,” the statement said, adding that Dendias “reiterated his great sadness for the loss of a Greek citizen’s life.”
The ministry also said that the FM spoke with his Romanian counterpart Bogdan Aurescu to “thank him for the speedy response of Romanian authorities and the excellent collaboration they have with the Greek embassy in Bucharest in managing this difficult situation.”
The bus had left Volos for Bucharest on Thursday afternoon, with 48 Greek passengers including the driver. The accident occurred midday on Friday when the bus went through a low barrier that sheared its top half, according to media reports.