The two young women, Ramóna and Nikolett, died instantly, Dániel was taken to the hospital but his life could not be saved.
The small black Volkswagen was drifting out of control on the narrow road, so the driver turned the steering wheel and applied the brakes in vain, Blikk said. The bus, which was coming from the opposite lane, collided with the car on the B164 road under Salzburg.
When the Austrian fire brigade, police and ambulance arrived on the scene, they saw the bus, which was travelling without passengers, lying in the ditch, with the small VW with Hungarian plates almost wedged into the large vehicle.
The Hungarian passengers were motionless, only the driver of the bus gave clear signs of life. Three Hungarians were in the VW: the young driver, Dániel, and his two passengers, Ramóna and Niki. All three were working as seasonal workers in a hotel in Zell am See.
In response to questions from Blikk, the Salzburg police said that the cause of the accident was being investigated by forensic experts. According to preliminary information, the driver of the car lost control of the car and collided with the bus coming from the opposite direction. The final outcome will be known after the accident report is completed.
Apparently, the bus driver saw the VW drifting on the road in front of him, tried to swerve out of the way of the Hungarian car, but was too late to correct the situation and the two cars collided.
The 51-year-old driver of the car was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Three ambulance helicopters arrived at the scene, but they were unable to help the two Hungarian women, who died in the wreckage. The 25-year-old driver, Dániel, was cut out of the wreckage by firefighters and although he was taken to hospital, he too died shortly afterwards.
According to one of the young man’s best friends, Dániel was a skilled driver and his car had winter tires. He believes that the tragedy may have been caused by the road freezing at night and the snow falling on it, making it impossible to see that it was icy. Locals consider this stretch of road to be particularly dangerous and treacherous.
In winter, it is regularly closed because of avalanche danger or simply because it becomes impassable, it is so slippery. It was only reopened to traffic a few weeks ago this year as it was closed in early February.
Watch here the video of the accident scene.
As we wrote last week, the helicopter crashed into the ploughland near the M1 motorway, Hungary’s main highway leading to Austria. Read details HERE.