The specialized agencies of Bulgaria have begun a DNA analysis procedure to identify those killed in a major accident involving a tourist bus on the Struma highway. This was reported by TASS with reference to the Minister of Internal Affairs of North Macedonia Oliver Spassovski.

He explained that after the completion of the identification of the remains, the procedure for transporting the bodies to the capital of North Macedonia will follow. Organization and costs will be borne by the state. It is also reported that the relatives of the victims will be able to enter the territory of Bulgaria without presenting visas and documents related to antiquated restrictions.

The accident occurred on November 23 at 3 am, near the village of Bosnek in the Pernik region. The 52-passenger bus was heading from Istanbul to North Macedonia. When the accident happened, the car caught fire, killing 46 people, including 12 children.

All the victims were citizens of North Macedonia. According to the Bulgarian authorities, the main causes of the accident could be a wet road, a technical malfunction of the bus and a driver who fell asleep at the wheel. Also, the investigators admitted that the bus could catch fire even before the accident.

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