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Polish PM Szydlo lightly injured in car accident

Police inspect the accident scene in Oswiecim, southern Poland. Photo: 10 February 2017 Image copyright EPA
Image caption A police investigation is now under way

Polish PM Beata Szydlo has suffered minor injuries in a car accident in the south of the country, officials say.

They say Ms Szydlo was travelling in a government convoy when a private Fiat drove into her limousine, causing it to hit a tree in the town of Oswiecim.

The 53-year-old leader is in "good condition", but she is being flown to Warsaw for checks, officials say.

In November, Ms Szydlo's motorcade was involved in an accident in Israel. She was not injured.

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Image caption Beata Szydlo became prime minister in 2015

Polish President Andrzej Duda and Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz have also been involved in recent car accidents, though without injury.

In Friday's crash, the limousine's driver and an officer from the Government Protection Office (BOR) were also injured.

A police investigation is now under way.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak called an urgent meeting with top BOR officials to discuss the situation.

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