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Montenegro Bus Crash Kills 18 Romanian Tourists, Injures Dozens

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By Newsmax Wires   |   Monday, 24 Jun 2013 01:08 PM

Survivors of a Montenegro bus crash that killed 18 Romanian tourists and injured dozens of others were rescued by airplanes sent to the site of the accident on Monday, according to The Associated Press.

A military aircraft arrived at the site of the bus crash on Monday. Twenty-eight injured passengers were rushed to a local hospital. Two more medically equipped planes were to be sent on Tuesday, and transport of the injured will be organized depending on their condition, said health ministry official Raed Arafat.

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The bus fell from a bridge over the Moraca river during a rainstorm and crashed some 40 meters (130 feet) into a ravine on Sunday. It was not immediately clear what caused the driver to lose control.

Police initially said Sunday that 13 people were killed, but the number of fatalities from the crash grew to 18 overnight. Forensic pathologist Miodrag Soc told the AP that the Montenegro bus crash victims will be identified by their families.

"Unfortunately, we lost 18 people and that is a huge tragedy for Romania," the health ministry official Arafat said, speaking in Podgorica.

Romanian President Traian Basescu and Prime Minister Victor Ponta sent their condolences to the victims. The country's foreign minister is expected in Montenegro later on Monday.

Altogether, 29 people were injured from the bus crash, including a child who was on the bridge at the time of the crash, officials said. They said four people remain in critical condition.

Montenegrin police said the twisted wreckage of the bus most likely will be pulled out of the ravine later on Monday.

The winding road in Montenegro where the bus crashed is notorious for traffic accidents, especially in wet weather, because of how narrow it is.

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