At least 11 dead in South Ossetia bus crash: report

18th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

At least 11 people were killed Sunday when a bus plunged more than 60 metres (200 feet) down a ravine in the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia, Russian news agency Interfax reported.

The accident happened as the bus travelled in mountainous terrain close to the border with Russian-controlled North Ossetia, senior South Ossetian official Arsen Gagloyev told the agency.

The death toll rose to 11 after a young girl died on the way to hospital. A four-year-old boy was also among the victims.

More a dozen other people were also injured, said a spokesman for the North Ossetian emergency situations ministry.

According to Russian agency reports, there were 25 people including the driver on board the bus at the time of the accident.

"It has been established that the bus fell into a ravine that was 62 metres deep," said the spokesman.

A South Ossetian interior ministry spokesman said the cause of the crash was unknown, and weather conditions in the area were normal.

© 2010 AFP

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