At least 45 people, including 12 children, have been killed in a bus accident in Bulgaria. The bus is completely burnt out. Seven travellers were taken to hospital with serious burns. Their condition is stable.
The accident happened during the night from Monday to Tuesday on a highway near Bosnek, about 40 kilometres south of Sofia. It appears that the bus hit a guardrail, according to Bulgarian authorities, but it is not clear whether this happened before or after the vehicle caught fire. The cause of the accident is not yet known.
“We are dealing with a huge tragedy here,” interim Prime Minister Stefan Yanev told reporters on the spot. North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has also called the accident a “great tragedy”. The bus drove back to Skopje after a weekend trip to Istanbul.
There is still some uncertainty about the nationality of the victims. Zaev assumes that the victims are of North Macedonian nationality, but according to the police chief, that is only true in the case of the two drivers. The other occupants would be Albanians.