Bosnek, Bulgaria, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 24th Nov, 2021 ) :A tourist bus carrying North Macedonians caught fire and crashed in Bulgaria on Tuesday, killing 46 people, including a dozen children, in Europe‘s deadliest road accident in the past decade.
Seven people survived the crash by breaking a window and jumping to safety, according to officials.
Bulgarian Interior Minister Boyko Rashov warned of the difficulty of establishing a final death toll, saying: “People are huddled together, their bodies are burnt to ashes inside the bus.” He said individual identification of the victims would be “very difficult”.
Among the 12 children were a pair of four-year-old twins.
“I only know that my uncle is alive and well. But I know nothing so far about his wife and son,” Yousouf Bajazidovski told AFP outside the hospital.
“The doctors say that if they’re not here they are probably among the dead.” Another relative, Ramis Bajazidov, said those waiting “don’t know anything” of the fate of their loved ones.
Many of the dead were between 20 and 30 years old, officials said.
North Macedonia‘s transport minister told reporters on Tuesday that the bus was not registered for international transport.
The tour bus company did not immediately respond when contacted by AFP.
Images showed the ruins of the charred bus after it broke through the road‘s central guardrail.
Deputy chief prosecutor Borislav Sarafov said they were still investigating “if it was a technical fault of the vehicle or a human error that caused the crash”.