Bulgaria Hellish Crash Victim, Skull Blown Away, Dies

Society | August 11, 2011, Thursday // 12:51|  views

The death toll from the nightmarish bus crash on Trakiya highway has climbed to nine. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

The woman, who was most severely injured in a hellish bus crash in Bulgaria in the middle of June, which killed eight, has died in hospital.

Albena Samuilova, 46, from the coastal town of Burgas did not regain consciousness after crash and doctors did not have much hope for her life.

Upon the impact in the crash part of Albena's skull was blown away and missing, so the doctors had to make plastic surgery and close the hole.

Samuilova passed away at the University hospital in the town of Plovdiv on August 9, fifty-five days after the tragic accident.

Stefan Ivanov, 28, a mechanic from the small town of Chirpan, who was the first to come to the rescue of the victims of the hellish bus crash, was one of the very few allowed to enter the woman's room in the hospital.

"I put an icon of Jesus Christ to her bed. She was not conscious. I really hoped that she will be fine," Stefan, who has been hailed as a national hero in Bulgaria, says.

An Enturtrans bus, travelling from the capital Sofia to the Black Sea city of Burgas overturned and burst into flames on Trakiya highway, near the second largest city of Plovdiv, in the wee hours on June 15, killing 8 and injuring 20.

Pressure has been piling on the driver, who was behind the wheel at the time of the fatal crash on Bulgaria's Trakiya highway, amid rising expectations that he will be left carrying the can for the accident whether or not he was to blame.

Svetoslav Dimitrov, 43, has been charged with recklessly causing the death of more than one person which, according to the Penal Code, is punished with imprisonment from 5 to 15 years.

Prosecutors have ruled that he is not likely to hide or commit another crime. He has been released on bail of BGN 1,000 and can not leave the country.

Interestingly the owner of the company, operating the bus, which crashed and claimed the lives of eight Bulgarians, has not been arrested yet, leading many to believe that the driver will have to bear the brunt.

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