At least 45 people have died in a bus crash in Bulgaria, officials said on Tuesday morning.
The head of the country’s disaster control service, Nikolay Nikolov, said “45 or 46 people died” in the accident, which happened around 2am on a motorway 40 kilometres south of the capital Sofia.
“Seven passengers were rescued” and evacuated to a hospital in the capital, Nikolov said speaking on state television BNT.
The cause of the accident could not be determined at this stage.
The bus, which was registered in Northern Macedonia, was carrying a number of children, officials said.
“This is a tragedy. We don’t know if all the victims are from North Macedonia, but we assume so because the bus is registered in the country,” Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev said in an interview with Nova TV.
Bulgarian news agency Novinite reported representatives from North Macedonia’s embassy visited a hospital where some of the victims were taken.
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