Great Britain

Kosovar survivors of Croatia bus crash return to homeland

Some of the survivors of a deadly bus crash in Croatia flew home to Kosovo on Tuesday to a welcoming crowd at the country's international airport at the capital, Pristina

A plane flew in from Osijek, Croatia, bringing 21 ethnic Albanian Kosovars to Adem Jashari airport two days after the bus crash that killed 10 people and injured 43.

One of the arriving survivors was taken by an ambulance minivan to the hospital due to health concerns. The others left in cars with relatives or with vehicles offered from the government.

Fifteen others are still in Croatian hospitals, one in grave condition, Health Minister Arben Vitia said. The coffins with eight dead from the crash were expected to arrive Wednesday, according to Interior Minister Xhelal Svecla.

The bus carrying 67 passengers and two drivers swerved off a highway while traveling from Frankfurt Germany to Kosovo early Sunday. Croatian authorities said the driver behind the wheel at the time had dozed off and lost control. The driver is under a 30-day detention in Croatia.

More than 100 people waited with flowers at the airport to meet arriving family members. President Vjosa Osmani, Prime Minister Albin Kurti and Parliament Speaker Glauk Konjufca also were at the airport.

Kosovo observed a day of mourning with flags at half-staff and parliament postponed its session Monday in memory of the 10 dead Kosovars.

Kosovo has a huge diaspora in Germany whose remittances are a major resource for their families and the country’s economy.

“We lost part of our spirit, part of that which is the backbone and our permanent pain: the exiled persons,” the president said in a joint statement with the speaker and the prime minister.

___

Associated Press writer Llazar Semini in Tirana Albania, contributed to this report.

Football news:

Ronaldo, please, can you stop? It would make my day off. Cristiano was photographed with a boy at the entrance to the Manchester United base
Savich about the referee in the game with Athletic: It's not normal to show 15 cards for every word. Felix had no intention of touching anyone
Tim Sherwood: It will be difficult for Werner at Chelsea. He must show Tuchel that he has more than just good press
Klattenburg on Klopp: He does not know how to lose. When things went wrong, he began to get annoyed
Guardiola on the City fans after 0:0: I feel guilty at a bad game. I will be grateful even if 85 people come
Arteta about the series Ted Lasso: It gives a different perspective - you can look at things from different sides
Marca dashes evaluated the game of Suarez and Felix in the match with Athletic