11 February 2017
Poland Prime Minister, Beata Szydlo, on Friday suffered injuries in a car crash in Southern Poland.
Following the crash, she had to be flown by helicopter to Warsaw for medical tests, though doctors and her spokesman said she was not badly hurt.
The accident occurred in the southern town of Oswiecim – better known by its German name, Auschwitz – which is Szydlo’s hometown.
Szydlo, 53, was traveling in a convoy along the town’s main road when another car drove into her black Audi limousine, causing it to hit a tree.
The car that hit the Prime Minister’s vehicle was a small Fiat driven by a 21-year-old man who was sober, according to a police source.
Two security officers, one of whom was the car’s driver, were also taken to a hospital with injuries.
Dr. Andrzej Jakubowski, who examined Szydlo in the hospital in Oswiecim, a town of 40,000, said she was stable and conscious all the time and was talking and “very strong” given the trauma. Jakubowski said Szydlo suffered some injuries to her body but that the prognosis is good.
The state broadcaster TVP published an image of the limousine with the front of the car bashed in.