A bus carrying people home to North Macedonia from a tourist trip to Istanbul crashed and caught fire in western Bulgaria, killing at least 45 people, authorities say.
Seven people are taken to hospitals for treatment. The accident happened around 2 a.m.
North Macedonia’s chief prosecutor, Lubomir Jovevski, who visited the scene of the accident, says that 12 children were confirmed among the dead.
The cause of the crash was not immediately confirmed, but it appeared that the bus hit a highway guard rail, crashed and caught fire.
The bus was one of four traveling together. Officials say an investigation will be launched.