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Genting Highlands Bus Plunge Kills 37

August 21, 2013

Thirty-seven people were killed Wednesday when a tour bus plunged into a ravine near a Malaysian mountain resort, in one of the country's worst road accidents in a decade.

A police source said tourists from Bangladesh, Thailand, China and Indonesia and the 44-year-old bus driver were among those killed.

The Kuala Lumpur-bound bus had been negotiating a steep road when it fell into a 30-metre ravine near Genting Highlands Resort, about 90 kilometres north of the city.

Sixteen people survived, said fire rescue department Deputy Director General Soiman Jahid. Three were in a critical condition.

"A South Korean national was among those who survived the accident," the police source said.

Rescuers had to use crane to lift the victims out of the ravine. Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan confirmed the search and rescue operation was complete, state-run news agency Bernama reported.

In 2010, 28 people were killed when a tourist bus fell in a ravine in nearby Cameroon Highlands resort.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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