One of the passengers in the ill fated bus which crashed on the Skopje – Tetovo highway yesterday afternoon told the press that the driver had seemingly lost control over the wheel at the moment of the crash.
We took off around 16:30 and I was sitting on the third right side row. At one point there was a commotion. I approached the driver and noticed he has problems maintaining course. The bus then swerved into the opposite lane – fortunately there were no incoming vehicles. I remember the moment when the bus flipped and when it stopped I crawled through the window, the passenger said.
Prosecutors informed that the driver was not intoxicated, and mechanical failure is now one of the most likely causes of the crash. The bus was 18 years old and passed its last mechanical check in January. Fourteen passengers died in the crash and seven remain critical.