Eight dead reported in Bulgarian bus crash in Ukraine – updated

Written by on July 11, 2013 in Europe - No comments

At least eight people, including one Bulgarian national, died in a bus collision in Ukraine, Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry said on July 11.

Initially, the ministry said that two Bulgarian nationals, the drivers of the bus, had been killed, citing earlier reports from Ukrainian authorities. The ministry later amended its statement, saying that the second Bulgarian bus driver was alive and in hospital.

Another 27 people were injured in the head-on collision of two passenger buses near the village of Volia-Liubytivska, Kovel district, Volyn region in northwestern Ukraine, a report by Interfax-Ukraine news wire said.

One of the buses had Bulgarian licence plates and was carrying 50 Belarusian tourists, including 10 children.

Bulgarian media said that the Bulgarian bus carried Belarusian tourists travelling to Bulgaria. The other bus carried a group travelling from the nearby town of Lutsk on a trip to the Shatsk lakes near the border with Poland and Ukraine.

The Foreign Ministry said that it was co-operating with local authorities and would release more information as it becomes available.

(Photo: Bart Groenhuizen/sxc.hu)

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