The bus that crashed near the town of Hriňová (Banská Bystrica Region) on September 2, killing five passengers, should never have been on the road, the Pravda daily reported on October 4. Despite not receiving a State Technical Control (STK) certificate, the vehicle set off from the folk festival at Poľana on a short journey to Hriňová with 42 people on board.
Having lost control of the bus on the narrow winding road, the driver told the passengers that they should quickly move to the back of the vehicle. The bus then crashed through the roadside barriers and fell 15 meters into a ravine. "It didn't have an STK certificate and shouldn't have been on the road. I didn't know that it had gone out," said Martin Cibulka, head of Crystal Trans, the firm that owned the bus. Cibulka claims that the vehicle was in a good condition, however.
This claim has been rejected by an expert source, who says that the bus wouldn't have passed an STK test. Meanwhile, the vehicle's driver Vladimír Urbanec was released from hospital last Friday, but is still said to be in a poor physical and psychological condition. He was questioned by the police, but claims not to remember what had happened, and has refused to say why he used the bus in question. - TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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5. Oct 2007 at 18:46