A bus crash in western Bulgaria early Tuesday has killed at least 45 people, authorities stated.

The bus, registered in North Macedonia, crashed round 2 a.m. and there have been kids among the many victims, authorities stated. Seven people had been taken to hospitals for remedy.

The reason behind the crash was not instantly confirmed, however it appeared that the bus hit a freeway guard rail, crashed and caught fireplace.

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A view shows the site where a bus with North Macedonian plates caught fire on a highway, near the village of Bosnek, Bulgaria, November 23, 2021. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

A view exhibits the positioning the place a bus with North Macedonian plates caught fireplace on a freeway, close to the village of Bosnek, Bulgaria, November 23, 2021. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Officials stated an investigation shall be launched.

Bulgarian news company Novinite stated representatives from North Macedonia’s embassy visited a hospital the place a number of the victims had been taken.

Photos taken shortly after the crash confirmed the bus engulfed in flames with plumes of thick, black smoke rising from the scene.

Bulgarian Caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Yanev visited the positioning of the crash and informed reporters it was “a huge tragedy.”

A view shows the site where a bus with North Macedonian plates caught fire on a highway, near the village of Bosnek, in Bulgaria,  November 23, 2021. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

A view exhibits the positioning the place a bus with North Macedonian plates caught fireplace on a freeway, close to the village of Bosnek, in Bulgaria,  November 23, 2021. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

“I take this opportunity to send my condolences to the relatives of the victims,” Yanev stated. “Let’s hope we learn lessons from this tragic incident and we can prevent such incidents in the future.”

North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev informed Bulgarian tv channel bTV that he had spoken to one of many bus survivors.

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“One of the passengers told me that he was asleep and woke up from an explosion,” Zaev informed bTV, including that the authorities will collect info that’s “important for the families of the dead and the survivors.”

Members of the media stand near a police car, close to the site where at least 45 people were killed when a bus with North Macedonian plates caught fire on a highway, near the village of Bosnek, in Bulgaria November 23, 2021. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Members of the media stand close to a police automobile, near the positioning the place at least 45 people had been killed when a bus with North Macedonian plates caught fireplace on a freeway, close to the village of Bosnek, in Bulgaria November 23, 2021. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Oliver (*45*), a European Union Commissioner, despatched his condolences to the households and buddies of these affected by the crash.

“Terrible news about the tragic bus accident in Bulgaria in early morning hours,” (*45*) wrote on-line. “My thoughts & condolences are with the families and friends of those who died as well as with the people and the authorities of North Macedonia.”

A member of forensic police works near the site where a bus with North Macedonian plates caught fire on a highway, near the village of Bosnek, Bulgaria, November 23, 2021. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

A member of forensic police works close to the positioning the place a bus with North Macedonian plates caught fireplace on a freeway, close to the village of Bosnek, Bulgaria, November 23, 2021. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

In 2019, Bulgaria, an EU nation of seven million, had the second-highest highway fatality price in the 27-nation bloc with 89 people killed per million inhabitants, in response to European Commission information.