3 Jailed for 25 Years over Bulgaria’s Hellish Trakiya Hwy Crash
Three defendants have been sentenced to jail for a total of 25 years in trial about the tragic bus accident on Bulgaria's Trakiya highway, which took nine lives, more than two years ago.
Bus driver, Svetoslav Dimitrov, who was arrested and later released on bail, will spend in jail five years, the district court in Burgas ruled.
The owner and manager of the Enturtrans company, which operated the bus, Eniz Chengel, and the Enturtrans Transport Unit Head, Nikolay Toshev were sentenced to 10 years each.
The Supreme Court of Cassations ruled earlier to not try the case in the second largest city of Plovdiv, which is the jurisdiction where the crash happened, since all three defendants live in the Black Sea city of Burgas along with 36 of a total of 65 witnesses, among them 7 injured passengers.
On June 15 2011, an Enturtrans bus, travelling from the capital Sofia to Burgas overturned and burst into flames on Trakiya highway, near Plovdiv, in the wee hours, killing 9, among them a 14-year-old teen, and injuring 20.
The inspection showed the bus had a number of technical failures such as cracks, a damaged break, and poor wiring, which are deemed to have caused the accident.
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