An NSO vehicle pushes cars into the Kresnen Gorge

An NSO vehicle pushes cars into the Kresnen Gorge
An NSO vehicle pushes cars into the Kresnen Gorge

NSO begins internal checks after a viewer report to Nova TV. The footage shows how a car takes dangerous maneuvers by overtaking cars in the Kresna Gorge.

According to eyewitnesses of the incident the driver moves with the sound and light signaling activated. The risky overtaking happened four days ago in the Kresna gorge, where two months ago pegs were installed precisely to stop dangerous maneuvers and where a 50 kilometer per hour limit was introduced.

In the video shot by a viewer, the car is clearly seen pushing other cars out of the traffic lane. And although the NSO initially denied that it was their car, a re-check shows just the opposite.

“He overtook us first, then a few other cars and he was going at a very high speed. There was a warning light and an audible signal,” said a Nova TV viewer who wished to remain anonymous. “We went outside the banquette and somehow managed to pull over to let him go. There were cars that wouldn’t let him overtake for a very long time and he was riding very close to them”, adds the eyewitness.

By law, the NSO can use a special traffic mode, but if necessary and only if it does not endanger the safety of the road. And the final decision is up to the driver, says the former head of the service, Professor Rumen Milanov.

“The other bigger question is expediency. As I joked, if it were me, I probably wouldn’t have done that overtaking. The person being protected is always in a hurry, they are always in a hurry. In no small degree, the driver of the car must comply, but in this case, his desire to move quickly in a risky section should not be complied with, it is a risk for him and for them,” says Prof. Milanov.

A day later, the NSO reported that the car filmed was not theirs and was not driven by a service driver. “However, we appeal to citizens to be careful in their judgment when reporting traffic violations and not to rush to attribute them to the state security service,” their position also states.

Today, after a re-check, the service now admits that the initial answer was wrong and the car is in fact theirs. “The car belongs to the National Guard Service and is driven by a service driver. The car was carrying a guarded person”, says the NSO.

Who is the guarded person? The NSO specified only that he was not from the government. According to Nova TV sources, the former Deputy Minister of Agriculture Ivan Hristanov was in the car at the time. He has security after threats to his life surrounding the phytosanitary control scandals at the “Captain Andreevo” checkpoint. Asked for a comment, he said only: “I did not drive a car in violation.”

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