One killed, 26 injured in highway bus collision near Estonian border

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On Saturday, November 26, a passenger bus and a truck collided on the main A1 highway (Via Baltica) in Ainaži, Limbaži county not far from the Estonian border. 

One person died and 26 people were injured, three of them seriously, the Emergency Medical Service (NMP) said.

The State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) said that the call was received at 19:20. Latvian firefighters and medics were assisted by colleagues from Estonia. Victims of the crash were taken to hospitals in Rīga, Valmiera, and Parnu.

Several other accidents were also recorded at other sites along the A1 Saturday as snow and ice made driving conditions particularly dangerous.

You can see a live map of driving conditions cross the country on the Latvian State Roads website:

Although winter tires are mandatory only from December 1, police are asking drivers not to drive with a vehicle that is still equipped with summer tires. The only exception to this may be going to the garage to change summer tires to winter tires, but "maximum caution must be observed while driving," police said.

"In snowy weather, you should be extremely careful and cautious - you should choose an appropriate driving manner, drive wisely, slowly, choosing a speed appropriate for the road surface, and also keep a safe distance from the car in front," police advise.

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