At Least 45 People Including 12 Children Burn to Death After Bus Catches on Fire

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Forty-six people, including twelve children, have fatally passed away after a bus caught on fire during a crash in Bulgaria.

Just a heads up, the contents of this article are sensitive, so, please be aware that there might be information you find disturbing.

After returning from a trip in Turkey, a coach, made up of mostly North Macedonian tourists, crashed on a motorway in Bulgaria at 2am on Tuesday.

The coach tragically went up in flames after it crashed into barriers on the motorway southwest of the capital Sofia.

There were fifty-three people on board…

People from all over the world have been sending their condolences.

Forty-six of whom fatally passed away as a result of the crash.

And twelve of those who died were children.

Only 7 people onboard the coach survived…

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But, they, too, have suffered from the fire, being left with severe burns.

Jumping from the bus, the survivors were rushed to the Pirogov Emergency Hospital, and are now in stable condition, escaping with their lives with horrendous burns, and 1 survivor with a broken leg, according to Reuters.

Interim Interior Minister Boyko Rashkov also spoke on the incident.

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But, again, the information following is extremely sensitive and may make some people feel uncomfortable.

Boyko said that bodies were “clustered inside and are burnt to ash.”

And then, he told reporters at the sight: “The picture is terrifying, terrifying. I have never seen anything like that before.”

We cannot even begin to imagine what the surviors, and family members of the deceased are going through right now.

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Chief Borislav Sarafov of the Bulgarian Investigative service for buses called the incident a “huge tragedy,” too. And, North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev offered condolences to the victims and their families, mentioning that those who survived were sitting at the back of the bus, and were able to break a window so that they could escape with their lives.

The Greek Priminister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, was among others who spoke out about the tragic crash.

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“I am absolutely horrified by the terrible accident and loss of life in Bulgaria early this morning, especially of young children,” he expressed.

“Our prayers go out to the families of those who lost their lives. A speedy recovery to those injured.”

And In Skopje, thirty-one, didn’t know if he and his sister’s parents were among those who were burned to death on the bus.

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Saying: “We do not know if they were on the bus that crashed or not. We have no information about them. The agency is not answering the phone. Perhaps we will need to go to Bulgaria.”

It’s an absolute tragedy.

And, although the victims have not yet been named, they include children, and adults between the age of twenty and thirty, officials say.

People are completely devastated, and so are we.

It’s not clear what happened, as the bus driver was among those who died, but officials believe that it is either a malfunction with the vehicle or a human error.

Our hearts go out to the victims of the crash…

And their families.

Rest in peace.