36 Remain Hospitalized in Ukraine after Deadly Bus CollisionSociety | July 12, 2013, Friday // 11:25| views
The Ukrainian police are investigating the scene of a deadly collision, involving a Bulgarian bus. Photo by mns.gov.ua
Thirty six people remain hospitalized after the Thursday head-on collision between two buses in the Ukraine, one of which was Bulgarian-owned.
The information was reported Friday by the local "Obozrevatel" (Observer).
The injured include 26 Belarusian citizens, including 17 children born between 1997 and 2007, one Bulgarian (one of the drivers of the coach bus with Bulgarian license plates,) and 9 Ukrainians, including a teenager and a toddler.
The Bulgarian bus crashed Thursday morning with a Ukrainian bus serving a regular route between two towns in the area. The collision happened around 7:40 am near the town of Kovel, Volinska region.
The total number of fatalities is eight and they have all been passengers on the Bulgarian bus, which is owned by the Haskovo-based transport company Magi Tour. At least one of the victims is a child as the bus was transporting 50 people from Belarus to a camp in the Bulgarian summer resort "Sunny Beach."
According to the most recent information, they included 40 children 16-years of age and under, 8 adults, and 2 drivers.
One of the Bulgarian drivers was killed on the spot. The Ukrainian driver is hospitalized.
The cause of the crash remains unknown, but articles in the Russian press point at the Bulgarian driver being at fault.
The Bulgarian Embassy in Kiev is in constant touch with the Ukrainian authorities and is providing assistance. The Bulgarian Ambassador visited the scene of the accident.
A team from Magi Tour has also left for the Ukraine.
The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry expresses deep condolences to families and friends of the victims.
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