Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has suffered bruising in a car crash and has been flown from southern Poland to a Warsaw hospital for what her spokesman described as routine checks. Rough Cut (No reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo suffered bruising in a car crash on Friday (February 10) and was flown from southern Poland to a Warsaw hospital for what her spokesman described as routine checks. Police spokesman Sebastian Gien in Oswiecim said the accident happened on Friday evening when she was in a convoy of cars overtaking a private Fiat Seicento. He said Szydlo's driver and security guard were also injured in the crash. TV footage showed her car had hit a tree. The incident prompted security concerns after recent car crashes involving the president and defence minister, but a government source said nothing pointed to any kind of attack. Szydlo, 53, was first taken to hospital in the southern town of Oswiecim, where the crash happened. Police were investigating under the supervision of a prosecutor. Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz was involved in a similar accident last month and President Andrzej Duda had a car crash last year. Both escaped injury. The latest incident provoked criticism of the security arrangements surrounding the prime minister.