26 people were injured in the collision between a county bus and a tractor-trailer in the Harju County village of Meremõisa early on Thursday afternoon.
The crash occurred at 1:10 p.m. on the 27th kilometer of Tallinn-Rannamõisa-Kloogaranna Highway, where an Atko county bus rear-ended a tractor-trailer with Lithuanian license plates that had been standing on the side of the road.
According to Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) spokesperson Marianne Ubaleht, at the time of the crash, the tractor-trailer had stood on the right shoulder of a straight section of road with its hazard lights on. The drivers of both vehicles were determined to be sober.
Ubaleht added that the exact circumstances of the crash had not yet been determined.
The Rescue Board told ERR that two of the victims had sustained severe injuries and were taken to North Estonia Medical Centre (PERH) by ambulance. Another five sustained moderate injuries. A total of 22 people were taken to the hospital.
Initial reports noted that just seven people had been injured in the crash.
Traffic in both directions was initially halted, but at 3:10 p.m., police announced that traffic had been partially reopened. At 4:51 p.m., the police announced that traffic had been fully restored.
Editor: Aili Vahtla