A dozen children — including 4-year-old twin brothers — were among the 45 people killed when a bus carrying people home to North Macedonia from a tourist trip to Istanbul crashed and caught fire in western Bulgaria early Tuesday, officials said.
The dead also included five young members of the same family, authorities said.
Meanwhile, seven people who jumped from the burning vehicle were rushed to the Pirogov hospital in the capital of Sofia and listed in stable condition. Their injuries included burns and a broken leg.
North Macedonia’s chief prosecutor, Ljubomir Joveski, visited the scene of the accident, which occurred during the trip from Istanbul to Skopje in North Macedonia. Joveski said 12 children were among the dead.
The twins, Luan Ahmeti