The Government of North Macedonia proclaimed three days of mourning after the tragic bus accident which happened in neighboring Bulgaria around 2 AM today, when 45 passengers of the bus owned by a NMacedonia transporter lost their lives in the motorway accident close to the border. 12 of the victims were children.
The 23rd, 24th and 25th of November 2021 are days of national sorrow in North Macedonia, and the state flags will be on half-mast, both in the country and in front of the embassies abroad. All the public events will be postponed and the media in the country ought to accustom their content accordingly, the Government urges.
About 2 AM local time, the last of the four buses transporting tourists who were returning from Istanbul, Turkey, crashed on the motorway near the town of Pernik, Bulgaria, on its return to North Macedonia.
The resulting fire took the lives of all but 7 people who were on the bus. The survivors were sitting in the back and managed to save themselves breaking the back right window. They were transported to the “Pirogov” Medical Center in Sofia, they all have minor injuries, mainly burns, and will be soon transported to the hospitals in Skopje and to their homes.
The victims of the crash are mainly from North Macedonia, but there is also at least one Serbian national.
The investigation will be performed by the Public Prosecution of Bulgaria, in cooperation with the Public Prosecution of North Macedonia.