European Games organisers to improve transport systems following accident

European Games organisers to improve transport systems following accident

European Games organisers to improve transport systems following accident

Written by Staff Writer

15 Jun, 2015 | 4:19 pm

Improved transport systems have been put in place to avoid repeats of an accident which saw an Austrian synchronised swimmer left with spinal injuries after a crash with a shuttle bus in the athletes’ village, European Games organisers said on Sunday June 14 .

Vanessa Sahinovic was one of three 15-year-old swimmers injured as they walked along the pavement on Thursday, a day before the event’s opening ceremony.

Sahinovic was flown back to Vienna on the day of the incident where multiple fractures to her hip and thigh region and a damaged spine were operated on all night.

Team mate Luna Pajer suffered a broken arm and was also flown home while a third swimmer, Verena Breit, received treatment in Baku before returning to the athletes’ village.

Games organisers confirmed a police investigation had been launched and have since said improved systems had been implemented across the city to avoid a repeat.

The inaugural European Games, which began on Friday, runs to June 28.

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