One dead, 24 hospitalised in Polish coach crash in Hungary

One person was killed and 24 hospitalised, including one seriously injured, when a coach carrying Polish tourists crashed on a motorway outside Kiskunfelegyhaza in Hungary early on Sunday morning, Hungarian National Ambulance Service spokesman Pal Gyoerfi reported.

The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported earlier in the day that 34 people had been injured, three seriously including a five-year-old child.

At the time of the accident, the coach was carrying 46 people, 44 passengers and two drivers, of which one passenger, a 35-year-old man, was killed, according to local police.

Pal Gyoerfi said the rescue services responded quickly, sending two helicopters and 14 ambulances to the scene, from where the injured were transferred to a local hospital.

The cause of the accident, which reportedly involved the vehicle leaving the M5 motorway in southern Hungary and rolling down a drainage ditch, were not known on Sunday afternoon. The coach was returning to Poland from Bulgaria when the accident occurred at 2.30 am.

Senior presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski tweeted on Sunday that he was in touch with the Polish embassy in Budapest at the president's request. The Polish honorary consul was also at the scene, the Foreign Ministry reported on Sunday.

Szczerski later tweeted his thanks to Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.

"I talked with Hungarian FM Peter Szijjarto about aid to the victims of the coach accident and clarification of the causes of the tragedy; we thank our Hungarian Friends for the rapid and effective action of state services at the scene; Minister Szijjarto conveyed expressions of sympathy to the families of the injured," Szczerski wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

A special helpline number has been set up for families of those affected.