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Deputy PM to head cabinet meeting, Szydło remains in hospital

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Roberto Galea 13.02.2017 15:47
Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński will head a cabinet meeting on Tuesday as Prime Minister Beata Szydło remains in hospital following a car accident.
The car carrying PM Szydło hit a tree. Photo: PAP/Jacek BednarczykThe car carrying PM Szydło hit a tree. Photo: PAP/Jacek Bednarczyk

Addressing a press conference on Monday, government spokesperson Rafał Bochenek said that Szydło will remain in hospital for checkups after she was slightly injured in a car accident in southern Poland on Friday night.

Bochenek said that Szydło was wearing a seat belt when the bullet-proof vehicle she was riding in crashed into a tree. He added that despite bruising, Szydło did not sustain any major injuries in the accident.

Szydło was set to chair a regular meeting of ministers in Warsaw on Tuesday. The meeting will be headed by Piotr Gliński, who also serves as culture minister.

According to official police sources, on Friday evening a small Fiat swerved suddenly while being overtaken by a convoy of three government cars. The driver of the middle car carrying Szydło swerved to avoid a collision and hit a tree by the roadside.

Szydło was taken to a hospital near the scene of the crash in Oświęcim, in southern Poland, before being airlifted to the Military Institute of Medicine in Warsaw, where she remains for observation.

Two other people in the prime minister's car were also injured in the crash. (rg/pk)

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