Sofia, Bulgaria – At least 45 people were killed in a bus accident in western Bulgaria early Tuesday.

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Officials said the registered bus in North Macedonia crashed around 2 a.m. and children were among the victims. Seven people were taken to hospitals for treatment.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear. Officials said investigation would be initiated.


Bulgarian news agency Novinite said representatives from the Macedonian embassy visited a hospital where some of the victims were taken.

Acting Prime Minister Stefan Yanev visited the crash site and told reporters it was “a great tragedy”.

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“I take this opportunity to express my condolences to the families of the victims,” ​​Yanev said. “Hope we learn a lesson from this tragic incident and that we can prevent such incidents in the future.”

In 2019, Bulgaria, an EU country of 7 million, had the second highest road fatality rate in the 27-nation bloc, with 89 deaths per million population, according to European Commission data.