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Zaev: Passengers are from North Macedonia, one from Preshevo, one Belgian national

Experts will determine the cause for the accident. The victims come from Skopje but also other places. They are all Macedonian nationals, along with one citizen of Serbia’s Preshevo, who went to Istanbul together with his fiancée from Kumanovo. The list of passengers also includes a Belgian national, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev after visiting the seven survivors from the fatal bus accident in Bulgaria on Tuesday.

Skopje, 23 November 2021 (MIA) – Experts will determine the cause for the accident. The victims come from Skopje but also other places. They are all Macedonian nationals, along with one citizen of Serbia’s Preshevo, who went to Istanbul together with his fiancée from Kumanovo. The list of passengers also includes a Belgian national, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev after visiting the seven survivors from the fatal bus accident in Bulgaria on Tuesday.

PM Zaev said details are still scarce while adding that the seven who survived managed to break a window in the back seats.

“I will leave it up to the Bulgarian experts to analyse the cause of the accident. The survivors conveyed their impressions on what happened and we as politicians cannot interpret things, because the PM cannot say whether the speed was proper or not, if the bus was properly maintained or not, this is a job for the experts and professionals,” said Zaev.

He was alarmed over the accident by Bulgarian PM Stefan Yanev at 3.30 a.m. and President Rumen Radev called shortly after.

“I am grateful for the commitment regarding the investigation. I know they are doing everything as if it is their own citizens that are affected. PM Yanev will provide more details after our visit here and Foreign Minister Svetlan Stoev has accompanied us the whole time. We are grateful for the support,” noted Zaev.

He added that family members of the people hospitalized in Sofia have already arrived in the Bulgarian capital.

“They are here, they were able to see their close ones and talk to them, and we also met some,” said the PM.

Minister of Interior Oliver Spasovski has told PM Zaev that transporter ‘Besa Trans’ operates en route Istanbul-Sofia-Skopje.

“I cannot provide more details, I only know the company’s name and that it operates with several buses, with Istanbul-Sofia-Skopje being their most frequent route,” underlined Zaev.

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