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Turkey tourist bus falls from cliff, killing 23

Medics and rescue workers stand at the scene after a tourist bus crashed near the southwestern holiday town of Marmaris, Turkey, May 13, 2017. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The bus fell from the cliffside road to another stretch below

At least 23 people have died after a tourist bus fell from a cliff near the southern Turkey seaside resort of Marmaris.

Another 11 were injured when the driver lost control of the minibus and ploughed through a crash barrier.

Local media said no foreign tourists were among the passengers.

Turkish media said the vehicle was heading towards Marmaris for a mother's day event, which is celebrated on Sunday there.

The victims are believed to be mainly women and children.

Amric Cicek, governor of Mugla province, suggested the brakes may have stopped working.

But the mayor of Marmaris, Ali Acar, told Turkish newspaper Hurriyet: "I think that the accident was a result of driver error."

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Image caption Rescue workers attended the scene of the crash

Turkey's Anadolou news agency said the crash took place on the Mugla-Antalya road at the Sakar Gecidi pass.

The vehicle landed on another section of road below after it went through the crash barrier.

Rescue teams were dispatched and the injured were taken to hospital, Andalou said.

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