Turkey coach crash kills Russian tourists

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Sixteen people have been killed in a coach crash in Turkey's Mediterranean province of Antalya, Turkish and Russian officials say.

The coach was carrying Russian tourists when it plunged off a bridge and landed on its roof in a river bed.

The Turkish driver and tour guide were reported to be among the dead. Twenty-five people were also injured.

The coach was taking the tourists from the coastal resort of Alanya to the Pamukkale hot springs and waterfalls.

Russian consul general Mirdzhalol Khusanov said all the injured tourists were being treated in hospital.

A Russian plane is being sent to pick up the injured tourists and bring them home, Russia's Itar-Tass news agency said.

Map of Turkey showing Antalya province

The cause of the accident is not known, but the coach was reported to have broken through the bridge's crash barrier in the early hours of the morning.

The BBC's Jonathan Head in Istanbul says the road at the point of the crash is a modern four-lane highway.

Turkey's roads have a much higher accident rate than the rest of Europe, our correspondent says, with about 7,000 people killed every year.

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