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Bulgaria bus crash: At least 45 killed after vehicle catches fire

 At least 45 people were killed when a bus carrying North Macedonian tourists caught fire on a highway in western Bulgaria on Tuesday, officials said.

There were children among the victims, and seven people with burns were rushed to hospital in the capital Sofia, the head of the fire safety department at the interior ministry, Nikolai Nikolov, told private BTV television.

"At least 45 people were killed after a bus caught fire and crashed, or crashed and then caught fire," Nikolov said.

The accident happened around 2:00 a.m (0000 GMT), he said. The site of the accident is cut off. 

The site of the accident was immediately cordoned off and Bulgarian interim Prime Minister Stefan Yanev rushed to the scene of the tragedy.

Authorities have not yet made a statement over how the accident took place, or the cause of the crash. 

Most of the victims were from North Macedonia, an official from the North Macedonia embassy in Sofia told BTV.

(Source: Reuters) 

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