Published February 13, 2019
Scene of an accident. Source: Google
At least 13 people were killed and more than 30 others injured when a passenger bus overturned on a highway in North Macedonia on Wednesday , health minister said .
“ Thirteen people were killed ,” Minister Venko Filipce told reporters . “ There are more than 30 injured.”
Speaking to AFP, Filipce added that “ the number of dead may increase because there are people in surgery and in critical condition ” following the accident which happened around 20 kilometres ( 12 miles ) from the capital Skopje. Around 50 people were on the bus .
Ilir Asani , head of the emergency centre at Skopje ’s main hospital , told local media that at least “ five people were severely injured, including a pregnant woman” .
A public prosecutor said it had launched a probe into the accident that occurred “when a bus of the company ‘ Durmo Tours ’… crossed the barrier on the opposite side of the highway , then veered off the road and overturned near the village of Laskarci ” .
Since Tuesday former Macedonia has been known by its new name the Republic of North Macedonia following its historic agreement with neighbouring Greece
( AFP )