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The Latest: Poland Holds Security Meeting after PM Car Crash

The Latest: Poland Holds Security Meeting after PM Car Crash

Friday, 10 February 2017 04:32 PM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the car crash involving Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo. (all times local):

10:20 p.m.

Poland's interior minister has called an emergency meeting with the leadership of the Government Protection Office, which protects and drives Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and other top government figures.

The action by Minister Mariusz Blaszczak comes after Szydlo was injured in a car crash in southern Poland and was being flown to Warsaw for more medical tests.

Friday night's accident in the southern city of Oswiecim was the third official car crash in recent months.

In November, several vehicles in a Polish government convoy collided during a state visit to Israel, injuring two Polish officials. Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz also escaped uninjured from an eight-car collision in January.

10 p.m.

A yellow-and-red helicopter ambulance has taken off from the southern Polish city of Oswiecim after the country's prime minister had a car accident there.

Poland's PAP agency said the government hospital in Szaserow street in Warsaw was waiting to receive Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, 53, for more tests.

Poland's government spokesman says Szydlo is in "good condition" after being in the car crash but is being flown to Warsaw for more medical tests.

Local police spokesman Sebastian Glen said a 21-year-old driver in a Fiat abruptly turned left and hit Szydlo's car while being overtaken by Szydlo's convoy. Szydlo's car swerved to the left and hit a tree. Glen says police are questioning the driver and witnesses.

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9:45 p.m.

Poland's government spokesman says that Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo is in "good condition" after being in a car crash in southern Poland but will be flown to Warsaw for more medical tests.

The accident occurred about 6:30 p.m. Friday in the town of Oswiecim, which is Szydlo's hometown. Officials say Szydlo was traveling in the second car in a convoy along the town's main road when another car drove into Szydlo's black Audi limousine, causing it to hit a tree.

Two security officials were also injured in the accident.

Government spokesman Rafal Bochenek said Szydlo was conscious and in good shape. A helicopter was to transport her to Warsaw.

9:30 p.m.

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has suffered minor injuries after a small Fiat hit her car, officials and Polish news reports said. Her spokesman said she was being examined in a hospital but wasn't badly hurt.

The accident occurred Friday in the southern town of Oswiecim, which is Szydlo's hometown. Szydlo was traveling in the second car in an official convoy along the town's main road when another car drove into Szydlo's black Audi limousine, causing it to hit a tree.

The state broadcaster TVP published an image of her limousine, with the front of the car bashed in.

Sebastian Glen, a police spokesman, said the car that hit the prime minister's car was a small Fiat driven by a 21-year-old man who was sober. He said Szydlo, the driver and a security officer were taken to a nearby hospital.

Government spokesman Rafal Bochenek told the news agency PAP that Szydlo's injuries were not serious but that she was undergoing a precautionary examination in a hospital.

"Fortunately, nothing bad happened," he said.

Oswiecim is best known to the world by its German name, Auschwitz. It is the town where Nazi Germany ran the death camp in occupied Poland during World War II and today is the site of a memorial and museum that draws large numbers of visitors.

It was the second such accident involving a convoy that Szydlo was traveling in.

In November, several vehicles in a Polish government convoy collided during a state visit to Israel. Szydlo was not in one of those that collided but two other Polish officials had minor injuries.

Separately, Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz escaped uninjured from an eight-car collision in January.

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