37 killed in bus accident near Malaysian resort


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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - A passenger bus plunged into a deep ravine Wednesday while traveling near a Malaysian highland resort, killing 37 people, police said.

Sixteen people survived the accident, which occurred on a winding slope in central Genting Highlands, a popular destination that houses Malaysia's sole casino, said district police chief Mansor Nor.

The bus, which fell about 60 meters (200 feet) into the ravine, was carrying mostly Malaysians, Mansor said.

He did not have nationality details for the fatalities, but those who survived included Malaysians and others from Bangladesh, Indonesia and Thailand.

More than 400 firefighters, police and medical officers used ropes and cranes to reach the bus, which had been heading to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's main city.

The cause of the accident was not known. The bus driver was among those killed, Mansor said.

Genting Highlands attracts thousands of domestic visitors and foreign tourists every week. Serious accidents are rare on the relatively well-maintained roads leading to the area's main resorts.


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