site.btaUPDATED Wrap-up: 17 Serbian Children in Hospital after Bus Accident on Bulgaria's Trakia Motorway
Seventeen Serbian children were taken to the university hospital in the southern Bulgarian town of Stara Zagora Sunday evening after their bus had an accident on Trakia Motorway. The youngest child is 6 and the oldest is 17, hospital director Prof. Yovcho Yovchev told BTA.
No victims are reported in the accident.
The Interior Ministry said that there were 50 people in the bus.
The Health Ministry said that eight children and four adults needed to be hospitalized.
The Stara Zagora hospital said the patients will get a scan to establish the scale of their injuries.
A man who was also hurt in the accident will have one leg amputated.
Eye-witenesses told BTA that the children were returning home to Batajnica, near Belgrade, from the Bulgarian resort of Sunny Beach.
Tens of cars stopped to help the bus passengers. Among them was a doctor.
Trakia Motorway was wet after heavy rain showers in Stara Zagora region on Sunday.
Sofia-bound traffic on the motorway was temporarily halted to ensure easy access to the crash scene for the rescue teams.
According to early reports, the crash occurred around 20:30 hrs at the 217th km of the motorway on the Sofia-bound lane. Police, fire engines and ambulances were rushed to the scene.
Driver mistake and technical problem are two of the possible causes of the accident Interior Ministry Deputy Chief Secretary Stanimir Stanev said on bTV.
According to eye-witness reports, the bus was moving normally and then slowly left the road and drove into the ditch, leaning on its left side, said Stanev.
The National Investigative Service will be investigating the accident, said the prosecution service. It also said that Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev was leaving for the scene of the accident together with his deputy Borislav Sarafov, who is also head of the National Investigative Service.