46 killed in bus crash in Bulgaria

November 24, 2021 By 0 Comments

At least 46 people, including 12 children, died when a bus crashed and caught fire in western Bulgaria, officials say.

The bus was registered in North Macedonia and most of those on board were tourists returning from a trip to Istanbul in Turkey. It rammed a crash barrier on a motorway south-west of the capital Sofia.

Seven people escaped from the bus and were taken to hospital with burns.

Bulgarian Interior Minister Boyko Rashkov visited the “terrifying scene” and said the survivors had been badly burned.

The cause of the disaster was not immediately clear. Bulgarian officials described how the bus swerved off the motorway and tore away a 50m (164ft) section of the crash barrier, but it was unclear if that was before or after it caught fire.

Macedonian Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani told reporters the coach party had been returning to the capital Skopje from a weekend holiday trip to Istanbul.

Bulgarian media said the bus had been travelling as part of a convoy of four buses and had stopped off at a petrol station near Sofia about an hour before the accident. The other buses returned to North Macedonia safely.

Credit: bbc.com