13 killed in bus accident in North Macedonia: Minister

Bystanders and rescue personnel gather near the wreckage of the bus.
Bystanders and rescue personnel gather near the wreckage of the bus.PHOTO: AFP
Bystanders and rescue personnel gather near the wreckage of the bus.
Bystanders and rescue personnel gather near the wreckage of the bus.PHOTO: AFP
Bystanders and rescue personnel gather near the wreckage of the bus.
Bystanders and rescue personnel gather near the wreckage of the bus.PHOTOS: AFP

SKOPJE (AFP) - 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 (Feb 13), the 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 20km 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, the former Macedonia has been known by its new name the Republic of North Macedonia following its historic agreement with neighbouring Greece.