Horror bus crash kills 10 and injures 45 after driver fell asleep at wheel

At least 10 people have been killed and 45 injured after a bus slipped off the road, police have said.

The horror crash took place near the Croatian city of Slavonski Brod on Sunday.

It happened when the vehicle, which had been driving from Germany to Kosovo with Kosovan licence plates, slipped off the road and overturned.

The driver, a 52-year old Kosovo citizen, lost control of the vehicle at 6am, police said.

A second driver was killed in the crash.

Kosovo ambassador to Germany told Croatia's Nova TV that the passengers had been mostly Kosovans working in Germany and going back home to spend summer holidays with their families.

Some 15 of the 45 people hurt in the crash sustained serious injuries, Nova TV reported, citing police.

Local police chief Franjo Galic described the crash as "one of the worst accidents I have ever seen," according to local reports.

Authorities said the bus driver was detained after he apparently lost control of the vehicle and admitted he had briefly fallen asleep.

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"He said he fell asleep for a moment," local deputy prosecutor Slavko Pranjic said, according to Index news site in Croatia.

The 45 casualties were rushed to a local hospital in Slavonski Brod.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic expressed his "sadness and grief" following the incident and sent his condolences to the families of those who died and the Kosovan people.

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In a tweet, he wrote: "We hope the injured will recover."

Kosovo’s interior minister has travelled to Croatia, while President Vjosa Osmani, who is in Tokyo for the Olympics shared a message on Facebook over the tragic incident.

She wrote: "With our heart and in spirit, we are close to the families who lost their loved ones in this tragedy.

"It is an indescribable pain and a great loss."

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