18 Killed in Montenegro Bus Crash, 28 Injured

World | June 24, 2013, Monday // 09:00
Bulgaria: 18 Killed in Montenegro Bus Crash, 28 Injured The bus had swerved off the Zdrijelo Bridge and plunged onto a rocky outcrop in the gorge of the Moraca River, about 50 km (30 miles) north of the capital Podgorica. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Eighteen people, reportedly Romanian nationals, were killed and 28 injured when a passenger bus with Romanian licence plates fell into a deep river gorge in central Montenegro on Sunday, officials said.

Police said the bus had swerved off the Zdrijelo Bridge and plunged onto a rocky outcrop in the gorge of the Moraca River, about 50 km (30 miles) north of the capital Podgorica.

"This is a major tragedy for us. Fifteen people out of 46 passengers died in a bus accident. Medical crews are fighting for the lives of others," the Romanian ambassador to Montenegro, Mihail Florovici, told Vijesti TV.

He did not specify whether the dead were Romanian.

Montenegro's interior ministry earlier said 13 people died. The death toll later increased up to 15 and eventually was set at 18.

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