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16 Die in Turkey Bus Crash

March 10, 2006|From the Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey — A bus carrying about 40 people drove off a road and plunged into a river before dawn Thursday, killing at least 16 passengers and injuring 11, Turkish officials said.

The rest of the passengers -- believed to be 14 people -- were missing and feared dead.

The bus was half-submerged in the Kelkit River, in the central province of Tokat, about 200 miles east of Ankara, the national capital, a local official said.

One passenger managed to free himself and walk to a nearby village for help, according to news reports. Ten other passengers climbed on top of the bus to wait for help, and rescuers with ropes pulled them to safety.

Rescue teams and divers recovered the bodies of 16 passengers, most inside the bus.

The bus was traveling from Istanbul to the eastern city of Van, near the Iranian border.

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