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Chief Prosecutor: Human mistake or technical malfunction possible cause of Bulgaria bus accident

The cause of the bus accident at the moment is unclear and two factors are at play – human mistake or technical malfunction of the vehicle, North Macedonia’s Chief Public Prosecutor Ljubomir Joveski told reporters outside the Pirogov hospital in Sofia, where seven injured passengers are being treated.

Skopje, 23 November 2021 (MIA) – The cause of the bus accident at the moment is unclear and two factors are at play – human mistake or technical malfunction of the vehicle, North Macedonia’s Chief Public Prosecutor Ljubomir Joveski told reporters outside the Pirogov hospital in Sofia, where seven injured passengers are being treated.

He said investigation is under way to determine the causes. “Our colleagues, public prosecutions in Bulgaria, with which we have excellent cooperation, are marking the traces, collecting data. At this point, no one can say what the cause was,” Joveski said adding that wide-ranging investigation is involved.

He said the autopsy of the bodies will be performed in Bulgaria and DNA samples from the relatives of the victims will be taken at the Skopje Institute of Forensic Medicine before being sent to Bulgaria.

“Bodies are being recovered from the bus, DNA samples should be taken and we expect the process to be completed soon,” said Joveski.

Earlier, Borislav Sarafov, head of the Bulgarian National Investigation Service said that DNA analyses are expected to be completed in a few days in order to identify the bodies of the victims.

There are no parallel investigations, noted the Chief Public Prosecutor. “We have established solid cordial relations with the Bulgarian prosecution’s office. We discussed ways to accelerate the procedure, to see what documents they need from our country in order all facts about the deadly tragedy are established, Joveski said.

He said he had met with the owner of Besa Trans, the travel agency whose bus caught fire, adding he hadn’t talked to him. “We only met there, but there was no reason to talk. He is supposed to give a statement as part of the procedure,” the chief prosecutor told reporters.

Joveski has traveled to Sofia with Vilma Ruskoska, head of the public prosecution office for organized crime and corruption. She told reporters that there are no further details about the accident as the investigation at the scene is still ongoing. “We have learned so far that the bus had crashed into a highway carrier,” she added.

I’m confident, Joveski said, that Bulgarian doctors and medical workers are working tirelessly to help the injured passengers.

He offered condolences to the families of the victims of the bus accident, which also include 12 children.

The bus with Macedonian register plates traveled to North Macedonia via Bulgaria from Turkey when the accident happened around 2:00 am on the Struma highway.

According to initial information, the bus carried 53 passengers. Of those, 46 were killed and seven survived and are being treated in a Sofia hospital.

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