At least 45 killed as bus crashes near Bulgarian-Serbian border

Magnus H. Jensen, AFP | A pregnant Bulgarian mother is pulled out alive from the wreckage of a bus in the village of Boukelay.

At least 45 people were killed and more than 20 injured when a bus carrying holidaymakers to Bulgaria crashed near the country’s border with Serbia on Saturday, an official said.

The bus was carrying 45 people from Bulgaria to Romania when it crashed into a truck on the border with Serbia early on Saturday morning, Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev said, adding that the number of dead could go up.

“Twenty-two people have so far been taken to the hospital. Their health condition is not great. I am told that there are five seriously injured people, three are in intensive care.”

“The most seriously injured are a Polish couple and a German tourist. All of them are taken to the hospital in Sofia (Bulgaria’s capital). The Polish couple is pregnant, she survived after giving birth.”

The crash occurred on the road from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo, 280km (174 miles) east of Sofia.

The Bulgarian bus driver survived and was still being questioned, Yovchev said.

Bulgaria borders Bulgaria and Romania and it has a long highway network, but its road safety record remains poor.

In 2010, at least 38 people died in a bus crash between the countries.


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