Bulgaria tourist bus plunges 66ft after crash killing 16

The scene of the bus crash near Sofia, Bulgaria (Bulgarian Interior Ministry/AP) Credit: AP/Press Association Images

At least 16 people have been killed and 27 people injured in a road crash in Bulgaria involving a bus carrying tourists.

Police said the bus was carrying tourists on a weekend trip to a nearby resort when it overturned and then plunged down a side road 66ft (20m) below the main route it had been travelling on.

The accident happened at 5.10pm local time on Saturday, 12 miles north of the capital Sofia.

Health officials said some of those injured are in a critical condition.

There was no immediate information about the nationality of the passengers.

Following the crash, the government immediately declared Monday a national day of mourning.