Bus plunges into ravine in Malaysian highland resort, at least 37 killed

Bus plunges into ravine in Malaysian highland resort, at least 37 killed
# 22 August 2013 00:08 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. At least 37 were killed after a tourist bus plunged into a ravine near Malaysia's Genting Highlands resort on Wednesday in one of the worst road accidents in a decade in the country, authorites said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The bus, carrying 53 people including the driver, went off a cliff and plunged at least 30 meters into the ravine when it was traveling downhill from the hilltop resorts in the afternoon.

Sixteen passengers were rescued and sent to nearby hospitals, though the death toll may rise as some are in critical conditions.

It is believed that the driver had lost control of the bus before the bus plunged into the ravine, according to local media. Some of the passengers were flung from the bus during the fall.

Rescue teams had to use crane to transfer the victims of the accident.

Police said at least three foreigners were in the bus, including one Chinese citizen.

Genting Highlands, located some 50 kilometers from the capital Kuala Lumpur, was a known tourist attraction for its cool air and having the country's only casino.

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