Man held in connection with fatal road accident in Poland, says relative

Man held in connection with fatal road accident in Poland, says relative

By David Raleigh

A man has been arrested in connection with a fatal collision in Poland, which claimed the life of an Irish woman and her two-year old daughter, according to relatives of the woman.

Yvonne Buchtrup, 30, a daughter of well-known horse breeder John Long and his wife Angela, died along with her daughter Ella, when their car was struck by another vehicle in Southern Poland on Wednesday.

Man held in connection with fatal road accident in Poland, says relative

Yvonne and Soren Buchtrup with their two children Ella (2) and Noah (6 months) at a friend's wedding.

Ms Buchtrup's husband, Soren, and the couple's infant son Noah, who were also in the car, escaped the horrific crash without serious injury.

According to a relative, the Department of Foreign Affairs contacted the Long family last night to inform them a man had been charged by police in connection with the fatal incident.

Man held in connection with fatal road accident in Poland, says relative

Soren and Yvonne Buchtrup

"They arrested a man on the evening of the collision," the relative said.

"The Embassy rang John last night and told him a man had been arrested and charged, but we don't know what he has been charged with.

"That's all we know. There seems to be a lot of bureaucracy there. The impression we have is that the police arrested him a few hours after the collision, later in the evening.

"We don't know if he was arrested in hospital, if he was injured, or somewhere else."

Autopsies are to be carried out today on the bodies of Ms Buchtrup and her daughter as part of the police investigation.

It is believed that a car ploughed into the Buchtrup family as they sat in their car which was parked near the town of Nowy Targ.

"Soren has gone back to Norway with Noah for a couple of days," the relative said.

"They had been in a small hospital near Kraków. The autopsies are due to be carried out today.

"The (Polish) Embassy have said it will take at least a week before the bodies are released but, as this is Poland there is apparently a lot of red tape and it could also take longer."

It is understood it will be at least two weeks before funeral arrangements are known.

The Long family were too distraught today to speak at the family home in Kilcornan, West Limerick.

"John and Angela are in bits as you would imagine," the relative added.

"Soren and Yvonne only moved into a new house in Norway by a Fjord last year. It was all happy families until a few days ago. It's just so tragic."

Man held in connection with fatal road accident in Poland, says relative

Ella (2) and Noah (6 months) Buchtrup

It has emerged that Mr Buchtrupe's employers have organised a Polish interpreter to keep the Danish helicopter pilot abreast of the police investigation.

"Soren's employers have sent an interpreter (to Nowy Targ) for him. They have been brilliant and they are working on it on his behalf," said the relative.

"No one has English over there. He's a helicopter pilot who supplies oil rigs in the North Sea."

A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said: "We are aware of the case and we are providing consular assistance to the Long family".


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