A police van rushing to an accident site in Estonia's Ida-Viru County rammed four cars on Saturday morning. Four people were injured in the accident.
The accident happened at 8:40 a.m. in the municipality of Toila, where a Fiat van had driven off the road. Passing cars stopped to help the driver and called the police, spokespeople for the East Police Prefecture told the Baltic News Service.
A police van was driving closely behind a passenger bus as it approached the scene of the accident. When the bus had to brake getting closer to cars parked on the side of the road, the driver of the police van didn't manage to slow down quickly enough and steered towards the side of the road, where it hit a parked police car, swayed back and rammed the passenger bus anyway, and also hit a Volvo parked on the side of the road as well as the Fiat van on the field. The Volvo in turn hit an ambulance parked in front of it.
A 55-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman who were on the field at the time of the accident as well as a 23-year-old police officer and a 38-year-old medic had to be taken to hospital for a checkup.
According to spokesman for the East prefecture Dmitri Kabanov, the currently cold and wet weather can mean road conditions that change very quickly. He thanked the Volvo driver, who had understood the situation before the arrival of the police and ambulance and had asked the people who on the side of the road to move further away.
A misdemeanor procedure was initiated to determine the exact circumstances of the accident. The police is also carrying out an internal check.
Editor: Dario Cavegn