August 25, 2017 / 7:46 AM / in a year

Bus plunges into Black Sea in Russia, killing 18 people

MOSCOW (Reuters) - At least eighteen people were killed when a bus plunged into the Black Sea in southern Russia early on Friday, Interfax and TASS news agencies reported, citing emergency ministry officials.

A view shows a damaged bus, which plunged into the Black Sea while carrying a group of workers, on a pier near the settlement of Volna in the Krasnodar region, Russia August 25, 2017. Russian Emergencies Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

Eight more people were injured, five of them seriously, Interfax said, quoting the emergency ministry which carried out rescue works.

Rescuers work near a pier after a bus carrying a group of workers plunged into the Black Sea outside the settlement of Volna in the Krasnodar region, Russia August 25, 2017. Russian Emergencies Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

There were more than 40 people on the bus, which fell from a pier, several meters high and part of oil shipment infrastructure on the Black Sea coast.

The crash was likely caused by a failure in the vehicle’s braking system, said Oteko Portservice company, which runs the shipment facility.

A picture from the scene, published by the emergency ministry on its website, showed divers on two boats searching waters underneath the pier.

Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Andrey Ostroukh/Jeremy Gaunt

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