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Saturday 19 April 2014

11 killed as bus falls into ravine

Portuguese firefighters work around the wreckage of a bus which ran off the road and crashed into a ravine, killing 10 people (AP)

A bus has crashed and fallen into a ravine in the eastern Portuguese city of Castelo Branco, killing 11 people and injuring 32.

National Civil Protection authority spokesman Carlos Guerra said the injured have been taken to hospitals in the cities of Coimbra and Castelo Branco.

Television images showed a large rescue operation mounted on the approach roads, including more than 260 firefighters and at least one rescue helicopter.

The bus was reportedly travelling from the Spanish city of Badajoz to the tourist destination of Santa Maria da Feira.

Civil Protection spokesman Rui Esteves said all the dead were Portuguese citizens.

Press Association

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