To keep you posted on latest developments in Bulgaria, here is up-to-date news reported by Sofia News Agency.

Emergency Measures: Video Recorders and Seat Belts in the Public Transport

Buses will include video recorders to capture the entire traffic situation. Meanwhile, all public transport will have  seat belts on the seats and passengers will have to use them - these are just two of the measures that were announced after the extraordinary meeting with the prime minister convened after three car crashes  on the road Sofia - Varna, reported bTV. 

The video recorders, which have to be introduced in a few months' time, will be some sort of "black boxes" and will help the Ministry of Interior in the investigations of catastrophes, Minister of Transport Ivaylo Moskovski said.

Vehicles will also be required to meet a specific Eurostandard for technical features, he added.

A review of the entire driver training system will also be carried out, and what measures to take in order to improve the training of those who receive a driving license is currently under discussion.

 

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A Metal Fragment Fell on a Woman Waiting for a Bus in Sofia

A metal object fell on a 31-year-old woman while she was waiting for a bus at a bus stop at Tsarigradsko shosse Blvd in Sofia, mediapool reported.

The victim was placed in the St. Anna Regional Hospital. It is supposed that the metal piece has fallen from a nearby building in construction.

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2.9 Earthquake on the Richter Scale is Registered Near Bansko

An earthquake measuring 2.9 on the Richter scale is registered near Bansko,  BGNES reported.

The earthquake is felt at 1.43 pm this night with an epicenter 15 km east of Bansko, 52 km southeast of Blagoevgrad and 103 km south of Sofia, with a depth of 2 km, the European Seismological Center said.

There is no data for material damage.

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NIMH: Weather Will be Mostly Cloudy and Rains Will Fall in Many Areas

The weather will remain unchanged today. It will be mostly cloudy and rains will fall in many areas. There will be light to moderate wind from East-Northeast.

Temperatures will range between 7°C and 12°C in most areas, in Sofia around 7-8°C.

This is the weather forecast of the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (NIMH),  told FOCUS News Agency.

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Six People Died, While 18 Were Injured in a Crash Between a Minibus and a Truck

Six people died, while 18 were injured in a crash between a minibus and a truck in the area of Mikre village, the regional police department announced, quoted by bTV.

The incident happened minutes before 13 pm today on the Sofia-Varna road.

According to preliminary data, it was a head-on collision between a minibus  with a Pernik registration  and a truck.

According to BNR information the minibus is traveled  with blind people who were on a trip.

There are police, firefighters and medical teams on site.

Traffic in the area is stopped.

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Death Toll in the Car Accident near Mikre Rises to 9

Two more passengers in the serious car crash near the village of Mikre have died. One died on the way, the other one died in the hospital in Lovech. 15 are injured.

The whole team of the hospital is engaged in helping the injured. Some of them are in serious condition.

According to latest reports, 27 passengers were travelling on the minibus. They were visually impaired and were coming back to Sofia from an excursion in Dryanovo monastery.

Slippery road surface could be a possible cause of the heavy head-on collision. However, distraction of the bus driver, heading in the wrong direction could also be possible. 

The section of the road in the area of the accident is still closed for traffic. Traffic is diverted via Lovech and Ablanitsa junction in both directions.

 

Source: The Bulgarian National TV

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