After hitting the crash barrier, the vehicle caught on fire and caught fire on the highway.
A bus accident that caught fire in Bulgaria resulted in the deaths of at least 45 people, five of whom were children. First reports came from North Macedonia where the bus was registered. The police confirmed that the drivers and passengers were not from Macedonia. “All Albanians”.
“The only thing that is certain is that the bus carried Macedonian license plates.”, commented on his behalf the Bulgarian interim Prime Minster, Stefan Yanev. Yanev was on the scene but refused details on the nationality and citizenship of the victims.
The tragedy happened at around 2 a.m. local on the highway, 40 km south from Sofia. Commissioner Nikolay Nikolov of the Disaster Control Service, stated the incident on BNT public TV. “Seven passengers were saved.”He stated that they were evacuated to a hospital near the capital. These are five men, and two women.
“The driver was killed instantly and no one was available to open the doors.”National Police Chief Stanimir Staev stated that passengers should be allowed to escape from the flames.
For some reason, the bus crashed into the barrier at this point. The road was recently renovated using funds from the EU. Bulgaria is a member of this EU since 2007. The vehicle was carrying twelve minors, five of them children, and it came from Istanbul. It was headed for Skopje. All of them died in the accident.
“The survivors are traumatized, they have lost loved ones, children. They jumped out of the windows ”Maya Arguirova, the head of the treatment centre for severe burns from which they were taken, recounted this.
“It’s tragic”?, said Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of North Macedonia, when he was questioned by the Bulgarian press. “Teams are going there to participate in the rescue”.
The tragic coach accident that killed 17 people in Bulgaria in August 2018 occurred when the vehicle was driven in torrential rainfall. It was carrying tourists from Bulgaria, returning from a visit in a mountainous region just north of Sofia. In 2019, 628 road deaths were recorded in Bulgaria, a country with 6.9 million people. Due to poor road conditions, a dilapidated fleet of vehicles and speeding, this is one of Europe’s highest balance sheets.