Poland PM Injured After Car Slams Into Limo
Beata Szydlo is in stable condition
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 11, 2017 5:05 AM CST
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo at a press conference earlier in the week.   (Alik Keplicz)
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(Newser) – Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo is in stable condition after her limousine was involved in a car crash Friday night, but she can carry out her government duties as "nothing serious happened to her," a spokesman says. Rafal Bochenek told reporters that Szydlo, 53, is undergoing tests, including X-rays, and will remain "for some time" in a government hospital in Warsaw, where she was brought on her own request, the AP reports. He could not immediately confirm whether she will attend the weekly government meeting on Tuesday.

Dr. Andrzej Jakubowski, who first examined Szydlo after the crash, said she suffered some slight injuries and was in some pain, but that the prognosis was good. The accident occurred shortly before 7pm Friday in the southern town of Oswiecim, Szydlo's hometown, where she was arriving for the weekend. Her car was in the middle of a three-car convoy going 30mph on the town's main road when a small Fiat car they were overtaking suddenly turned left and into her limousine, causing it to hit a tree, police say. The 21-year-old driver of the Fiat has been questioned and has admitted causing the accident, which also injured Szydlo's driver and her bodyguard. He could face up to three years in prison if convicted of causing the accident.

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