At least 46 people – including children – have been killed after a fire broke out on a bus in Bulgaria.
The tragedy happened on the highway at 2 a.m. local time near the village of Bosnek, southwest of the capital Sofia.
Nikolai Nikolov, Bulgaria’s ministry official, confirmed that 12 children were among the victims of the horror bus fire.
He said that either “the bus caught fire and crashed, or crashed and then caught fire” while on the Struma highway in western Bulgaria.
Footage shows the burned bus surrounded by firefighters and emergency crews who rushed to the cordoned-off scene.
The cause of the tragic accident and fire is still being investigated – but local reports say it may have hit a curb or railing.
Seven people were taken to hospital with burns after jumping from a burning bus – and 46 people died in the tragedy.
Officials said there were 53 people on the bus.
North Macedonian Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani said the coaching team would return to the capital Skopje after a weekend trip to the Turkish city of Istanbul.
Their prime minister called the deadly fire a “great tragedy.”
Representatives of the Macedonian embassy visited the hospital where some of the victims were taken.
A hospital official said the survivors being treated were all in stable condition.
But horrifying scenes from the site of the fire were described by Bulgarian Interior Minister Boyko Rashkov, who said the victims’ bodies were “completely burned.”
He added: “It’s a horrible picture in there. I’ve never seen anything like it before.
BLAZE HORROR BUS
Bulgarian national police chief Stanimir Stanev said: “Among the victims, a total of 12 were under the age of 18.
“Initial information shows that there were 52 people on the bus, including two drivers with Macedonian nationality and 50 passengers with Albanian nationality.”
Bulgarian Investigative Service police chief Borislav Sarafov said “human error was caused by the driver or a technical malfunction”.
The nation’s interim prime minister, Stefan Yanev, said: “I take this opportunity to extend my condolences to the families of the victims.
“Let’s hope we learn from this tragic incident and that we can prevent such incidents in the future.”
More to follow…
For the latest on this story, check back to Sun Online.
Thesun.co.uk is your one-stop destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real life stories, stunning photos and must-see videos.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/4124590/bulgaria-bus-fire-children-killed-blaze-highway/ At least 46 people including children died after the fire broke out on the highway