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Bulgaria bus crash leaves 16 dead

The bus after the crash near Yambol (28 May 2009)
Friday is to be an official day of mourning for the victims of the crash

A bus has ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians in south-eastern Bulgaria, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 20 others, officials say.

Police say the driver appeared to lose control of the vehicle after its brakes failed while travelling down a mountain pass near the town of Yambol.

The victims had been walking up the peak to attend a traditional Ascension Day feast and fair held on the summit.

At least four of the injured are in a very serious condition in hospital.

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The bus was carrying elderly passengers, some of whom were reportedly among the dead. In total, 11 women, four men and a 16-year-old boy were killed.

Parliament observed a minute of silence after news of the accident broke, while the government said Friday would be a day of mourning.

President Georgi Parvanov and Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev are travelling to the site of the crash.



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