- Passengers were napping when they were awakened by the noise of blast, according to the survivor.
- The clash in western Bulgaria hit dozens of people, authorities stated.
Fiery Bulgaria bus crash kills more than 45 passengers:
More than 45 people, including 12 kids, died as a bus transporting often North Macedonian visitors struck in fires on a highway in western Bulgaria hours ere daybreak on Tuesday, officials stated.
Seven people who jumped from the flaming bus were hurried to the hospital in Sofia and were in constant situations, hospital workers stated.
Bulgaria’s interior ministry stated 45 people died, creating the most dangerous bus collision in the Balkan nation’s history.
Interior Minister Boyko Rashkov told bodies were “clustered inside and are burnt to ash.” Source – cbc.ca
“The picture is terrifying, terrifying. I have never seen anything like that before,” he said journalists at the site. Source – cbc.ca
The reason for the collision was unclear but the bus seemed to have beaten a highway stop either before or after it took flame, Bulgarian officials stated.
Bus gutted by flame
The collision occurred on Struma highway about 45 kilometres west of Sofia about 2:00 a.m. local time, Bulgarian officials stated. The vehicle party was retreating to Skopje from a weekend vacation tour to Istanbul, a tour of around 800 kilometres.
Television footage revealed the bus charred and gutted by a flame in the centre of the highway, which was soaked from rain late.
“We have an enormous tragedy here,” Bulgarian interim Prime Minister Stefan Yanev described journalists. Source – cbc.ca
North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev stated he had chatted to one of the widows who told him the customers were dreaming when they were awakened by the noise of a blast.
“I am terrified. This is such a huge tragedy,” he stated on private television channel BTV. Source – cbc.ca