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Tour bus crash kills at least 24 in Turkey

Turkish authorities say at least 24 people have died and 10 others are in critical condition after a tour bus tipped over, fell 15 metres down a cliff and then hit a car on a serpentine mountain road.

Bus fell 15 metres down a cliff

Medics and rescue workers stand at the scene after a tourist bus crashed near the southwestern holiday town of Marmaris, Turkey. (Kenan Gurbuz/Reuters)

Turkish authorities say at least 24 people have died and 10 others are in critical condition after a tour bus tipped over, fell 15 metres down a cliff and then hit a car on a serpentine mountain road.

Deputy governor of Mugla province, Kamil Koten, told Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency the driver is among the dead and most of those killed were women.

Governor Amir Cicek said the bus flipped over at a road bend as it was travelling from the coastal province of Izmir to Marmaris, a popular tourist destination.

Cicek said the passengers were all Turkish and the cause of the accident is unclear, pending investigation.

Anadolu said the bus was in a convoy of six, carrying mostly women and children for a Mother's Day event.

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