45 dead in a bus crash in Bulgaria

45 dead in a bus crash in Bulgaria

45 dead in a bus crash in Bulgaria

At least 45 people, including 12 children, died as a bus carrying mostly North Macedonian tourists crashed in flames on a highway in western Bulgaria on Tuesday, officials said. Seven people escaped from the bus and were taken to hospital with burns. 

A Bulgarian interior ministry official said it was unclear if the bus had caught fire and then crashed or burst into flames after crashing. 

Officials said the vehicle appeared to have hit a highway barrier and pictures showed a section of the road where the barrier had been shorn off.

Bulgarian investigative service chief Borislav Sarafov said four buses from a North Macedonian travel agency had entered Bulgaria late on Monday from Turkey. “Human mistake by the driver or a technical malfunction are the two initial versions for the accident,” he said.