Sunday 25 February 2018

Polish PM Beata Szydlo (53) stable in hospital after 'not serious' car crash

Police and fire brigade officers inspect Polish Prime Minister's Beata Szydlo's car after an accident in Oswiecim, Poland (AP Photo)
Police and fire brigade officers inspect Polish Prime Minister's Beata Szydlo's car after an accident in Oswiecim, Poland (AP Photo)
Security officers guard a rescue helicopter as Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo is transported to it after a car accident in Oswiecim, Poland (AP Photo)

Monika Scislowska in Warsaw

Poland's prime minister is in a stable condition and can carry out her government duties as "nothing serious happened to her" during a car crash, her spokesman has said.

Beata Szydlo's limousine was involved in a car crash on Friday shortly before 7pm in the southern town of Oswiecim.

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo arrives at a press conference (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz )
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo arrives at a press conference (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz )
Polish Prime Minister's Beata Szydlo's car after an accident in Oswiecim, Poland (AP Photo)

The 53-year-old is undergoing tests, including X-rays, and will remain "for some time" in a government hospital in Warsaw, Rafal Bochenek said.

She was in a convoy on the town's main road, where she is from, when another car drove into her limousine, causing it to hit a tree.

Two security officers in Ms Szydlo's car, including the driver, were also taken to hospital. One was also brought to Warsaw, where the prime minister was taken at her own request.

Mr Bochenek could not immediately confirm whether she will attend the weekly government meeting on Tuesday.

Dr Andrzej Jakubowski, who first examined Ms Szydlo after the crash, said she suffered some slight injuries but that the prognosis was good.

Press Association

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