The bus was coming from Istanbul towards Skopje

At least 45 people died this morning in Bulgaria in a bus accident carrying citizens of Northern Macedonia.

“45 or 46 people died” in the accident, which took place on the highway near the village of Bosnek, 40 kilometers south of Sofia, said commissioner Nikolay Nikolov, head of the disaster control service, on state television BNT.

“Seven passengers were rescued” and transported to a hospital in the capital, he added.

The cause of the accident has not yet been determined.

According to the channel bTV, 12 children were taking the bus, which was coming from Istanbul towards Skopje.

“This is a tragedy. We don’t know if all the victims are from Northern Macedonia, but we assume that it is because the bus is registered in the country,” Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, said in an interview with Nova TV.

In a post on the social network Twitter, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has already wished “the deepest condolences” to the families and friends of those who died in the “tragic accident”.

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