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Polish PM leaves hospital

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Roberto Galea 17.02.2017 19:41
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło left hospital on Friday after she was involved in a car crash last week.
PM Beata Szydło (C) leaving the hospital on Friday. Photo: PAP/Jakub KamińskiPM Beata Szydło (C) leaving the hospital on Friday. Photo: PAP/Jakub Kamiński

Addressing journalists in Warsaw, Szydło thanked the medical staff at the military hospital.

She was slightly injured in a car crash in southern Poland last Friday, and was kept in hospital for seven days for checkups. She was one of three people who were hurt in the crash. One member of her security detail is believed to still be in hospital.

“I thank those who helped us, those who looked after us, the medical personnel, the rescue services and the police,” Szydło said.

She said that she will shortly return to her normal duties and will chair a regular cabinet meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

Last week, a small model Fiat was being overtaken by a convoy of three government cars when it started to turn left, colliding with the middle car carrying Szydło. The driver of Szydło's car swerved in an attempt to avoid the collision and hit a tree by the roadside.

Two others in the prime minister's car, both Government Protection Bureau personnel, were also injured in the crash. The driver was released from hospital on Saturday while the other person “sustained certain injuries” which required surgery.

Several media outlets blamed the security detail over the crash, claiming they were driving over the speed limit, and allegedly did not turn on the sirens on their cars.

However, according to a police spokesman, witnesses said that the government convoy that Szydło was travelling in had lights flashing and sirens on, while court-appointed experts have determined that the vehicles were travelling some 50-60 kilometres per hour.

Meanwhile, a number of the witnesses being interviewed as part of the ongoing investigation, all of them from BOR, have said that the driver of the Fiat did not indicate before turning, despite his claims to the contrary.

The driver of the Fiat has denied any wrongdoing. (rg)

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