At least 45 reported dead in Bulgaria highway bus fire

At least 45 people are believed to have been killed when a bus with North Macedonian license plates caught fire on a highway in western Bulgaria earlier this morning, officials said.

Reuters Children were reportedly among the victims in the incident.

Seven people with burns were taken to a hospital in the capital Sofia, the head of the fire protection department in the Interior Ministry, Nikolai Nikolov, told the private BTV television company.

“At least 45 people were killed when a bus caught fire and crashed or crashed and then caught fire,” Nikolov said.

The accident happened around 2 a.m. (midnight GMT), he added.

The scene of the accident was cordoned off while investigators assess the situation and investigate the reasons for the fire.

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