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Georgia: 17 people killed after minibus crashes mountain

Georgia has announced a day of mourning for Tuesday in memory of 17 victims that perished in a minibus crash on Sunday.

The bus left the Mtskheta-Mtianeti street in the Caucasus mountains and dropped 80 meters down the shore. The crash happened close to the village of Biso at the Dusheti Municipality.

Three other occupants were severely injured, according to an announcement from the nation’s Interior Ministry.

Firefighters immediately evacuated both hurt individuals and they had been moved to a hospital, in which they stay”under the oversight of physicians”.

Researchers are working Monday to ascertain the reason for the crash.

The first rescue operation has been supervised by the country’s Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Ioseb Chelidze, and also the Head of the Emergency Management Service, Temur Mghebrishvili.

Emergency agencies continued to operate in the spectacle on Sunday despite tough terrain and climate conditions.

On Tuesday, flags will be flown in half-mast on official Georgian structures to indicate the day of mourning.

Traffic injuries from Georgia are commonplace, and the country ranks among the deadliest, based on data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).