Dozens killed in Bulgaria bus fire

Image source, ReutersImage caption, As yet the cause of the crash is unclear

At least 46 people have died after a bus crashed and caught fire in western Bulgaria, local officials say.

The incident happened on a motorway around 02:00 local time (00:00 GMT) near the village of Bosnek, south-west of the capital Sofia.

Children were among the victims, ministry official Nikolai Nikolov told BTV television. Seven people were reportedly saved.

The bus is believed to have been going from Turkey to North Macedonia.

It reportedly had North Macedonian plates.

The area around the site of Tuesday's incident on the Struma motorway has now been sealed off.

The cause of the crash and fire is being investigated. Local media reports say it may have hit a curb or a guardrail.

After arriving at the scene, Bulgarian Interior Minister Boyko Rashkov said victims' bodies were "completely burnt out", BTV reports.

North Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has already contacted his Bulgarian counterpart to discuss the incident.

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