23 Israeli tourists injured in Romanian bus accident
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23 Israeli tourists injured in Romanian bus accident

Israel’s Consul Rina Dvir heads to local hospital to offer assistance; 8 children among those on overturned minibus

Illustrative: Romanian firefighters struggle with the wreckage of a minibus that was hit bit a train in an accident  in Scanteia, northeastern Romania, Friday, Aug. 14, 2009.  (AP Photo/Radu Aneculaesi)
Illustrative: Romanian firefighters struggle with the wreckage of a minibus that was hit bit a train in an accident in Scanteia, northeastern Romania, Friday, Aug. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Radu Aneculaesi)

Twenty-three Israeli tourists were hurt Sunday when their minibus crashed on a visit to a Romanian salt mine, local authorities said.

None suffered serious injury but passengers were taken to hospital as a precaution, emergency services spokesman Florin Chivu said after the crash near the Unirea mine at Slanic Prahova in southern Romania.

He added the 25 people were on board in total, including eight children, when the vehicle overturned.

Police were investigating the cause of the accident on a highway leading to one of the regions’ key tourist sites.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said it had been contact with authorities in Bucharest regarding rescue efforts, and that it had been informed that Israelis were involved in the accident. It stressed, though, that it could not definitely confirm details until the consul arrived in the area.

The Israeli consul, Rina Dvir, was on her way to the local hospital  “to assist in any way necessary,” the ministry said.

Reportedly the driver lost control of the vehicle due to severe weather conditions.

Many Israelis take advantage of the Passover vacation to travel overseas. In January an Israeli tourist was killed in a car accident in Romania.

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