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Poland to review procedures after PM's convoy car collides with civilian vehicle

26.06.2023 15:00
Poland will review its procedures for government motorcades following a collision between a police car convoying Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and a civilian vehicle at the weekend, the Cabinet spokesman has said. 
Polish government spokesman Piotr Mller.
Polish government spokesman Piotr Müller.PAP/Radek Pietruszka

Piotr Müller made the declaration in a media interview on Monday.

It followed an accident in which a police car escorting Morawiecki collided with a civilian vehicle in the northeastern village of Czajki on Sunday, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

Police said a Mazda passenger car carrying a family of four drove head-on into a police vehicle that had been riding at the rear of the government motorcade, injuring two police officers.

Müller told private broadcaster RMF FM on Monday: “The prime minister doesn’t always travel in an extended motorcade. For longer journeys, the prime minister rides in a convoy of marked vehicles, with their sirens on, in order to prevent certain events that could cause another vehicle to drive directly into the prime minister’s car, for instance.”

The government spokesman expressed his sympathy with the injured policemen, the PAP news agency reported.

He added: “Of course, one wishes this situation never happened. But it did, and the circumstances are being determined. In such cases, there should always be a review of what went wrong. In such cases, a review of procedures is advisable and should be carried out.”

Asked if government motorcades could travel with the sirens off, Müller said that “every passing car” would then be “within the rules to cut into the convoy.”

PM visits policemen injured in motorcade accident

Meanwhile, the Polish prime minister on Sunday evening visited the two injured police officers in hospital, the PAP news agency reported.

One of the policemen suffered fractures to the pelvis and ribs, according to officials.

The four people travelling in the Mazda—the parents and their two children—were not seriously hurt, police said. 

Officials added that “there is nothing to suggest a premeditated action” against the prime minister’s motorcade, and that “the woman driving the Mazda lost control of the vehicle while approaching from the opposite direction.”

The site of the collision was cordoned off on Sunday night as prosecutors carried out an investigation into the circumstances of the accident, the PAP news agency reported.


Source: PAP, dziennik.pl, Polsat News