Tag: bus
Macedonia 13.05.20 | 10:32

Skopje city bus burns down

A Skopje city bus burnt down early this morning. The incident occurred at the central bus station. There were no passengers in the bus when the fire broke out. The driver was just preparing it for his morning run, when apparently there was a short circuit in the wiring. Another vehicle was affected and...

Macedonia 23.03.20 | 15:36

Reductions in public buses in Skopje has made them greatly overcrowded

Authorities in the city of Skopje failed miserably in handling the public transportation issues. Buses have been reduced greatly, in line with the calls on the public to self-isolate, but as many citizens are still forced to go to work as essential personnel, this means that those buses that do come...

Macedonia 11.03.20 | 13:34

No free bus tickets for the elderly and other measures meant to slow down the spread of the coronavirus

A series of measures meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus are being put in place in Macedonia. One of them is an end to the popular free bus tickets given to the elderly four days a week. The idea is to discourage vulnerable citizens from using public transportation unnecessarily, where they might...

Balkans 07.12.19 | 20:35

Number of injuries in the Macedonian bus accident near Prokuplje rose to 26

The number of passengers injured in the bus accident that occurred near Prokuplje in Serbia rose to 26. None are believed to be in critical danger, and one has sustained more serious injuries. The passengers are treated in the hospitals in Prokuplje and Bace, and more in depth examinations are being...

Macedonia 07.12.19 | 14:13

A dozen injuries reported after a Macedonian bus overturns in Serbia

At least ten passengers were injured when a Macedonian bus overturned west of the city of Prokuplje. The bus was taking tourists to the ski resort of Kopaonik. According to local media reports, one person was badly injured and the others sustained lighter injuries. Emergency response teams are at the...

Macedonia 11.11.19 | 13:59

Driver for the Durmo Tours company withdraws his statement that the buses were rigged to fool the speed sensors

Besnik Halimi, a driver working for the Gostivar based Durmo Tours bus agency, changed his initial testimony in which he confirmed that the buses had a device used to fool the speed sensors during the court hearing today. The device could be activated by the driver and it would tamper with the results...

Macedonia 06.11.19 | 17:05

The fatal Gostivar bound bus had a device used to fool its speed sensors

The Durmo Tours company bus, which overturned on the Skopje – Tetovo highway in February killing 16 people, had a device that was used to forge speed data collected by the tachograph sensor. A driver from the same company who was summoned as a witness during the court hearing today confirmed that...

Macedonia 25.09.19 | 15:13

Bus drivers will be told to sell tickets again

Following the failure of the decision to stop selling bus tickets in the vehicles, the city of Skopje plans to reintroduce this option, albeit at a high price. Currently bus tickets have to be bought with electronic refill cards or using a mobile phone, which creates long lines and making it nearly impossible...

World 16.09.19 | 19:42

Coach full of passengers raced down a motorway without a driver in Czechia, V4 reports

A 41 year old passenger of a bus is praised as a hero after he jumped into the driver’s seat after the driver fainted. About 50 people were on a motorway in the Czech Republic, driving at full speed, when the driver felt ill and fainted. The vehicle drifted back and forth on the motorway with 50...

Balkans 26.05.19 | 12:58

Macedonian drove his bus into an overpass in Plovdiv, sheared it in half

Two Macedonian bus drivers were lucky to escape with their lives as they rammed their bus into an overpass near the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv. Only the two were in the bus at the time of the accident. No serious injuries were reported, but the damage is significant. The driver apparently disregarded...

Macedonia 25.02.19 | 12:13

Two bus passengers remain in critical condition

Two passengers injured in the horrific bus crash on the Skopje – Tetovo highway remain in critical condition, hospital sources say. Fifteen people were killed in the crash on February 13th, when a bus carrying employees, students and passengers from the capital Skopje to Gostivar slid off the highway...

Macedonia 18.02.19 | 15:03

VMRO-DPMNE reveals abuse in the Interior Ministry which may have contributed to the lethal bus crash

VMRO-DPMNE today revealed that the AMZ facility which conducts the mandatory annual mechanical tests for vehicles in Gostivar, had received a ban and was supposed to close down due to violations, but the ban was quickly reversed by the Interior Ministry. This is the testing station which gave the green...

Macedonia 15.02.19 | 13:38

Four patients remain critical, doctors fighting to save a young woman’s leg

Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce informed on Friday that four patients who survived the Karpalak bus crash on Wednesday remain in critical condition. Two of them have serious head injuries and are breathing through respirators. Two more turned to the worse overnight due to internal injuries, and were...

Macedonia 14.02.19 | 23:40

Students, parents, grandparents – 14 lives cut short by tragedy

All through the day families in Gostivar were saying goodbye to their loved ones, who died in the bus crash on the Skopje – Tetovo highway. The loss of young men full of potential, parents and grandparents brought grief across the country. One of them, Onur Sadiku, was set to celebrate his 20th...

Sport 14.02.19 | 23:15

Sport teams across Macedonia united in expression of grief

Football teams across Macedonia set aside their rivalry and differences and dedicated their social media pages to an expression of condolences for the 14 people killed in the tragic bus crash on the Skopje – Tetovo highway. Bitter rivals like Vardar and Shkendija had identical looking social media...

Macedonia 14.02.19 | 21:16

Hospital director: two patients remain critical

Hristijan Kostov, director of the “8th of September” hospital in Skopje informed that five patients remain in his hospital following yesterday’s tragic bus crash near Karpalak, and that two of them are in critical condition. A total of 14 people died in the crash, although Gostivar...

Macedonia 14.02.19 | 20:51

Prosecutors looking into statement by Zaev’s adviser who blamed Russia for the tragic bus crash

Sources in the Interior Ministry and the Public Prosecutor’s Office have told the Expres.mk news that they have received the information that Rubin Zemon, SDSM member of Parliament and former adviser to Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, may have some information about foreign involvement in the bus crash...

Macedonia 14.02.19 | 18:02

List of some of the worst accidents in Macedonia’s recent history

Wednesday’s bus crash near Karpalak, on the Skopje – Tetovo highway, which killed at least 14 people is one of the most tragic accidents in Macedonia’s recent history. In the early years of its independence, Macedonia suffered two passenger plane disasters. In March 1993, a Fokker 100...

Macedonia 14.02.19 | 17:38

Bus operator “Durmo” also owns a mechanical test facility, allowing it to avoid independent inspections

The “Durmo” bus company, which operated the Skopje – Gostivar line which ended in tragedy yesterday afternoon, also owns a certified mechanical test facility in Gostivar. Republika attempted to determine today whether the company is using its own facility for the mandatory annual mechanical...

Macedonia 14.02.19 | 16:46

Passenger says the bus driver lost control of the wheel

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...

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