Bus plunges from Warsaw bridge

A Warsaw city bus has veered off the Grota-Roweckiego bridge in northern Warsaw and plunged down to a multi-lane north-south transit route along the Vistula River. The articulated bus was torn in two, with the back section left hanging from the bridge.

One person died in the crash and 17 were injured, including five sustaining serious injuries, Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski has announced.

Earlier, the fire service reported that two people died in the crash.

Warsaw City Hall spokesperson Karolina Gałecka said some 20 people were injured.

Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski, who is running for president in this Sunday's election, has immediately returned to Warsaw from his tour.

Most probably, the driver fainted and caused the crash, the spokesperson for Warsaw Police said.

Warsaw transport authority spokesperson said the LNG-powered bus was practically brand new and the driver's working time was not exceeded.

City Hall has launched the 22 277 5560 helpline for families of the victims.