Tragedy. 46 young people lost their lives, among which 12 children, in a fire that engulfed a bus on the road Sofia – Blagoevgrad, returning from an excursion in Istanbul. It is difficult to write in such moments, but it is also a deeply human need to send a message of condolences and solidarity to the families who have lost their loved ones in the tragedy, their children.
It would be an understatement to say that the public is in shock and disbelief. One by one, news is coming with details about the horrible accident, statements of public figures, politicians, experts and representatives of competent institutions, well-intentioned people on the social networks. In such difficult moments, solidarity and compassion of people are the only way to express irreconcilability with tragedies.
Humanity does not ask about the name and origin of the victims. At such times, every person is a member of one big family.
Along with the grief and pain, questions also arise. How did the accident happen? Who is responsible? How many tragic “lessons” are needed in order for a conscious and professional attitude towards safety and standards to start working, regardless of whether it concerns a human error (the driver) or some other omissions. On the other hand, one must not rush to conclusions, one must be mindful and calm, wait for official data and statements.
In order for there to be responsibility, what really happened needs to be determined first, the victims, the loved ones and the public deserve this. Facts will surely be sought in multiple places. In the bus and with the driver, who was also killed…In the company that put the bus into traffic, in which fire, 46 people were killed…. In the competent authorities responsible for quality and safety control… In those responsible for road infrastructure… Or with someone else, depending on what the investigation will determine. A dark and tragic warning for everyone who in any way participate in traffic.
Answers will come. The question is whether the lessons learned will also come. The pain from the loss and trauma will remain forever. Once again: deep condolences.