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Tour bus crashes in Turkey, leaving 23 dead

A tour bus carrying women and children has fallen off a cliff in Turkey, killing at least 23 people and injuring 11 others, according to authorities. The bus was carrying families on a Mother's Day trip.

The bus plowed through a crash barrier, falling 15 meters (about 50 feet) onto a lower road, where it smashed into a car carrying three occupants.

The death toll included 20 women and children on the bus and the three occupants of the other vehicle.

Amir Cicek, governor of Mugla province, called the tragic incident a "horrible accident" during the celebratory Mother's Day weekend.

"The bus' brakes may have malfunctioned," Cicek added.

'Extremely pained'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was "extremely pained" by the incident, urging local authorities to take the necessary measures to ensure that "such tragedies" do not occur again.

Local media said the bus' occupants had been on a trip for Mother's Day, celebrated in Turkey on Sunday. Authorities said at least 10 people remain in critical condition.

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