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Many of the victims were relatives of people who were celebrating wedding
At least 45 people have been killed in a bus crash in southern Bulgaria during the wedding of a member of the ruling party, state television reported.
Many of the casualties are believed to be relatives of the bride and groom.
The bus was transporting eight families to what the local press described as a wedding for an unidentified party member of the centre-right GERB party.
“It looks like it is a serious accident with many victims,” Interfax quoted a local doctor as saying.
State-owned Vesti TV said the bus had plunged into a gorge near Dobrichi, about 90km (55 miles) north of the capital, Sofia.
The roads in Bulgaria, a low-lying Balkan country, have been beset by fatal accidents.
In November, 52 people were killed in a bus crash near the Black Sea resort town of Plovdiv.
Two weeks later, 11 people were killed in another bus crash that is still under investigation.
Bulgaria has also suffered a number of heavy truck accidents, which have often caused wider damage to vehicles than the crashes themselves.