Nine die in bus accident in northern Bulgaria

Written by on November 18, 2017 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on Nine die in bus accident in northern Bulgaria

Nine people died in a  road accident near the village of Mikre, in northern Bulgaria, on the road which connects Sofia with Varna.

A bus was supposed to take a group of blind people back home to Pernik. They were returning from rehabilitation. At about 1pm on November 17, the bus driver and several passengers died in a head-on collision with another vehicle. Twenty people were injured.

The reason for the accident still has to be determined. The lorry driver reportedly said that the bus had suddenly appeared right in front of him, while a survivor among the bus passengers said that because he was sight-impaired, he could not see what happened.

At first, the authorities had said six people had died. Later, the number of dead rose to nine.

While most of the injured were taken to a hospital in nearby Lovech, some were transported to Sofia in ambulances. They include a woman with brain trauma, whose life is in danger.

At the time of the accident, the road was wet, according to witnesses.

The mayor in the victim’s home town of Pernik has declared a day of mourning. All celebrations were cancelled.

Bulgaria has the highest road death rate in the European Union. In the first 1o months of 2017, 535 people were killed on the country’s roads.

(Photo: Bulgarian Interior Ministry press centre)



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