A Belgian was among those injured in the coach accident in Bulgaria, in which 46 people, including five children, died on the night from Monday to Tuesday, Vladimir Krstevski of the North Macedonian embassy in Sofia told the Bulgarian national radio.

The Belgian national is being treated in hospital, Foreign Affairs in Brussels said on Tuesday. His precise state of health is not known.

According to Deputy Prosecutor General Borislav Sarafov, most of the victims are from North Macedonia. However, many victims have yet to be formally identified.

The tragedy occurred around 2 a.m. (1 a.m. Belgian time) on the highway near the village of Bosnek, 40 km south of Sofia. Fifty passengers and two drivers were in the bus.

According to the Bulgarian Interior Ministry, the bus, which came from Istanbul and headed for Skopje via Bulgaria, had Macedonian license plates. The bus struck the crash barrier for some reason at this point, overturned and caught fire. Few of the passengers were able to escape the fire.

The place where the accident happened is known to be accident-prone, the mayor of a neighboring municipality told Bulgarian National Radio. Bulgarian interim Prime Minister Stefan Yanev immediately attended the scene. “It’s a huge tragedy“, he declared, before offering his condolences to the families of the victims.

Bulgaria recorded some 628 road fatalities in 2019 and 463 in 2020. This is one of the highest tolls in the European Union due to the poor condition of the roads, the dilapidated vehicle fleet and vehicles. frequent speeding.

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