Traffic Accident in Bulgaria Leaves 46 Dead

A traffic accident in western Bulgaria left at least 46 people dead after a bus caught fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Traffic Accident in Bulgaria Leaves 46 Dead

"At kilometer 31 of the road there was an incident with a bus carrying 52 people, so a fire broke out," confirmed the head of the Fire Department, Nikolai Nikolov.

Bulgarian media indicated that among the deceased at least 12 were minors, pointing out that seven people were rescued and taken to hospitals.


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The bus with 53 people on board and Macedonian license plates crashed and caught fire while covering the route between Istanbul (Turkey) and the Norwegian capital of Skopje.

"It is a tragedy. We don't know if all the victims are originally from North Macedonia, but that's what we assume because the bus was registered in this country," said North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

North Macedonian Health Minister Venko Felipce visited the injured and said they are all in good condition and there is no fear for their lives. "There is only one patient with a fracture," he indicated.

The head of the Bulgarian National Police, Stanimir Stanev, noted that most of the passengers were trapped in the vehicle: "The driver died on the spot, so there was no one who could open the doors."

The authorities are investigating the causes of the accident and are considering two possible theories: human error or a technical failure in the bus, according to bTV. Also, one of the injured stated to Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev that he heard the sound of a loud explosion, but this has not yet been verified.

For her part, Bulgarian MP Desislava Atanasova ruled out that the cause of the accident was the state of the pavement on the road and called for a transparent investigation.