Bus fire that killed 46 people including 12 children “caused by smuggled fireworks and oil on board” – World News

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The bus ran into a railing on a highway in southwestern Bulgaria early Tuesday morning and only seven people on board survived, with four-year-old twin boys among the dead.

on a motorway near the village of Bosnek, south of Sofia
Officials say 47 people died on the highway near the village of Bosnek, south of Sofia

A bus Fire which killed 12 children and more than 34 adults in Bulgaria may have been caused by fireworks and oil smuggled into the hold.

Only seven people survived the explosion, which took place on the Struma motorway in southwestern Bulgaria at 02:00 on 23 November.

It has now been claimed that 30,000 firecrackers and a ton of oil were smuggled into a secret fuel tank in the hold.

The horrific experience has been described by one of the seven survivors as something straight out of a horror movie, with thick smoke filling the bus almost immediately while people screamed desperately for help.

The bus was traveling at 100 km / h (62 mph) on its way from Istanbul to the capital of northern Macedonia, Skopje, when it crashed and caught fire, killing 46 passengers.

Emergency services at the scene worked for hours to control the fire


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Four-year-old twin boys were among those killed in the crash.

The fire that engulfed the bus was so intense that many of the victims were burned beyond recognition by forensic teams sent to try to identify the bodies.

Lulzim Sulejmani, one of only seven survivors of the crash, has spoken to local media for the first time.

Lulzim, from the Presevo Valley in southern Serbia, told Klan TV: “The bus hit the sidewalk on the right and the wheels got punctured.

It has been claimed that 30,000 firecrackers and a ton of oil were smuggled into a secret fuel tank


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“The bus then burst into flames and began to fill with smoke. The bus continued to roll forward for about 20 meters before stopping.”

He added: “People started vomiting and screaming – it was like a horror movie. I managed to escape by smashing a window with a hammer. I took my fiancée and five other people with me.”

The fire took only a couple of minutes to engulf the entire bus operated by the travel agency “Besa Trans”.

An investigation has found that the fire started at the front of the bus where an illegal tank was used to transport 1000 liters of oil, Infomax reported yesterday.

It has been reported that 12 children died, with 35 adults losing their lives in the smash


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The oil is believed to have contributed a lot to the fire and may explain why the flames erupted so suddenly and spread so quickly.

The investigation also found that the bus was also used to smuggle an estimated 30,000 firecrackers to northern Macedonia.

According to Infomax, the firecrackers are believed to have exploded, which reduced the time that passengers had to get off the bus.

The role of the alleged smuggled oil and firecrackers in the fire has not yet been confirmed by the authorities, and investigations are still ongoing.

Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia, is currently in Bulgaria to contact local authorities and meet with survivors.

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