Wednesday 14 November 2018

11 die in Albania bus cliff plunge

The debris of a bus lies at the bottom of a cliff near Himare in southern Albania (AP)
The debris of a bus lies at the bottom of a cliff near Himare in southern Albania (AP)

A bus carrying university students has fallen off a cliff in Albania, leaving 11 people dead and 22 others injured, authorities said.

There was no immediate information about how many people in total were on the bus or what caused the crash in the country's south.

Local officials and police confirmed the dead and wounded totals. They said the bus driver was among those killed.

The bus was heading from the city of Elbasan to the city of Saranda.

Police spokeswoman Klejda Plangarica said it went off the road near the town of Himare, 137 miles south of the capital, Tirana.

Eight of the injured students are in a serious condition and have been flown by helicopter to Tirana's military hospital.

University officials said two buses had been taking 75 third-year language and literature students and three professors on a trip to Saranda before their graduation.

Prime Minister Sali Berisha sent condolences to the families of the casualties, speaking from Chicago, where he was attending a Nato summit.

Several ministers and other top officials were heading to the crash site.

Press Association

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