SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Authorities say a bus carrying tourists back to North Macedonia crashed and caught fire in western Bulgaria, killing at least 45 people, including a dozen children.
According to the Associated PressHowever, it is not known what the age of the children was.
Authorities say that although the cause was not yet determined, the bus apparently ran through a guardrail at a highway crossing early Tuesday.
Photographs taken soon after the crash revealed that the vehicle was engulfed by flames and plumes of thick, dark smoke rose.
Daylight showed Daylight a shell that had been completely destroyed with all its windows blown out.
Out of 52 passengers on the bus, seven survivors were taken to hospital.
The accident occurred as a group was returning from Turkey on a bus trip.
According to the North Macedonia Foreign Ministry five North Macedonia residents, one Serb and another Belgian, survived.
According to the news outlet the North Macedonia government announced that they would mourn for three days and flags would go down to half-staff. They also cancelled all public events.
Investigators are still investigating the cause of this accident.