December 9, 2021

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Video: A major tragedy in Bulgaria: at least 45 people were killed in a bus accident, including 12 children

Video: A major tragedy in Bulgaria: at least 45 people were killed in a bus accident, including 12 children

The bus was mainly used by tourists from North Macedonia, but also by Serbs and Belgians. Reuters reported that the bus crashed on Tuesday for as yet unknown reasons and started burning. According to the Bulgarian authorities, the car apparently hit a barrier on the highway. It is not clear whether it caught before or after.

The exact circumstances of the accident are unknown

According to the Department of Political Affairs, the accident occurred shortly after 2:00 am local time. Its exact circumstances are not yet known. Interim Interior Minister Boyko Raskov said the bodies inside the bus were “burned to ashes”.

“It’s a scary sight. I’ve never seen anything like it before.” Rashkov told reporters at the site of the tragedy.

Source: TASR / BTA Agency Bulgaria via AP

According to his words, the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zeev, spoke to one of the survivors, who told him that the sleeping passengers had been awakened by an explosion. Several people sitting in the back managed to break the window and escape the flames.

Seven passengers were rescued

The Department of Political Affairs, citing state radio and police, said the bus was carrying about 50 passengers and two drivers. The radio report said that most of the victims were Albanians. Seven passengers who escaped from the burning wreckage were taken to a hospital in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Nikolai Nikolov, head of the firefighting and civil protection unit of the Bulgarian Interior Ministry, told BNT public television. They mainly suffered burns, and one of them also had a broken leg. Their condition has stabilized.

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Burnt bus wreck

Source: TASR / Nova TV via AP

The Slovak politicians also expressed their sincere condolences

On Tuesday, Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger and Foreign Minister Ivan Korcuk expressed their condolences to the families of the victims and survivors of the tragic bus accident in western Bulgaria, which killed at least 45 people, including 12 children.

“My deepest condolences to the relatives and friends of those who lost their lives this morning during a horrific bus accident in Bulgaria. Wishing the injured an early recovery and lots of strength.” Heger wrote on Twitter in English.

“I am shocked by the news from Bulgaria of the tragic bus accident for the citizens of North Macedonia. I wish the survivors an early recovery.” As Koroc, the head of Slovak diplomacy, said on Twitter in English.