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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 October, 2004, 18:45 GMT 19:45 UK
School bus bridge plunge kills 15
An injured teenager
Crash victims were rushed to a number of hospitals
At least 14 Kosovan schoolchildren have died when the bus taking them home from a school holiday in Albania collided with a car and plunged off a bridge.

The driver of the car also died in the accident, local authorities said.

Around 50 teenagers, all ethnic Kosovan Albanians, were returning home after visiting historical sites.

Emergency rescue teams confirmed that 14 children died and several others who were seriously hurt were flown by helicopter for hospital treatment.

The teenagers were from a school in the town of Malisevo, 40km (25 miles) south west of the Kosovan capital, Pristina.

The accident happened in a remote area of northern Albania, near the town of Fushe Arrez, 175km (105 miles) north of the capital, Tirana.

Albanian Public Order Minister Igli Toska said that at least 12 seriously injured passengers were taken by helicopter to Tirana and Pristina.

But poor weather was reported to have hindered rescue efforts, forcing some helicopters to divert to the remote town of Puke, 150km (93 miles) north of Tirana.


SEE ALSO:
Country profile: Albania
20 Jul 04  |  Country profiles


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