The fire, the cause of which is still unknown, has injured seven others.
at least 45 people have died this Tuesday due to a fire in a bus south of the Bulgarian capital Sofia, officials have reported. According to local BNT news media, the accident happened around 3:00 a.m. this Tuesday on the Stroma highway, near the town of Bosnec, about 40 kilometers south of Sofia, when the vehicle started burning. The victims are said to be citizens of North Macedonia and will include many children.
In addition to the more than 40 dead, seven people are injured In the incident and including a child below 15 years were transferred to health centres. This includes two women and five men. As of now the cause of the accident is not known.
of Albanian origin
According to the police, only two drivers came from Macedonia, but the passengers were “all Albanians”. “The only thing that is clear is that the bus has Macedonian license plates,” said Bulgaria’s provisional prime minister, Stefan Yanev.
“The driver died, so there wasn’t no one to open the door“And allow passengers to escape the fire, National Police Chief Stanimir Stanev explained. The bus collided with the security perimeter uncertain reason So far. The road was recently renovated with funding from the European Union, of which Bulgaria has been a member since 2007.
Twelve miners, including five children, were in the vehicle from Istanbul to Skopjek, All of them died in the accident.
“The survivors are in shock, they have lost family members, children. They jumped out of windows,” said Maya Arguirova, head of the Great Burns Treatment Center, where they were taken. “One is Tragedy“The Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, responded, which was asked by the Bulgarian media.” Teams will go to the area to participate in the relief efforts.
628 died in 2019
The date of the last serious bus accident in Bulgaria is August 2018: 17 passengers died while the vehicle was traveling under a heavy rain, with Bulgarian tourists returning from a visit to a monastery in a mountainous area north of Sofia.
Bulgaria, a country of 6.9 million inhabitants, registered in 2019 approx. dead on the road 628 and 463 in 2020, a figure below normal due to sanitary restrictions that limited travel. It has one of the highest balances in the European Union due to the poor condition of the roads, the age of the car fleet and the constant overestimation of speed.