The road between Bulgaria’s Black Sea cities of Bourgas and Varna has the country’s highest accident rate, according to the head of Parliament’s transport committee.
Nastimir Ananiev told a discussion on road safety that since the beginning of 2013 to May 31 2016, there had been 864 accidents on the Bourgas – Varna road, leaving 22 dead and 198 injured.
There were 238 accidents on the Bourgas – Varna road in 2015, leaving nine people dead. Since the beginning of 2016, there have been 66 accidents, with one dead and 12 injured.
The next most dangerous roads in Bulgaria, in terms of their accident rates, are Rousse – Byala, Plovdiv – Assenovgrad and Kazanluk – Stara Zagora.
Bulgaria ranked first in Europe in the number of deaths in road accidents. Speeding was the leading cause of fatal accidents in the country.
In 2015, there were 7296 road accidents in Bulgaria. The traffic accident death toll for the year was 680, with 8946 people injured.
Meanwhile, statistics published by Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry on July 18 said that so far in 2016, there had been 3780 road accidents in Bulgaria, with 336 people dead and 4709 injured.
Since the beginning of July 2016, there had been 406 accidents, with 31 dead and 512 injured.
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