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At least 18 construction workers have been killed when bus plunged into sea in Russia

At least 18 people have been killed in southern Russia after a bus carrying construction workers plunged into the sea at about 8am , Friday morning, near Volna, a village in the region Krasnodar, in the Taman peninsula.

The vehicle had been carrying about 40 workers. They were building docks for Tamanneftegaz , an oil company on the Black Sea coast close to Crimea. The bus did not belong to the company. Many people were injured, five of them seriously. All of those injured were hospitalized. Divers have been searching the waters for missing men. About 20 were rescued. One man was still missing. The bus has been retrieved from the sea floor using a crane. The bus driver is reportedly alive, and has been hospitalized with leg fractures. A criminal investigation has been launched.

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The crash may have been caused by a failure in the vehicle's braking system, said the company which runs the shipment facility. It’s supposed the bus drove along the pier for nearly a quarter of a mile (nearly 400 meters) before the brakes failed. Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement it had launched a probe into violation of traffic rules and providing unsafe services and was looking into the technical condition of the bus. Several companies are drilling for oil off the Russian Black Sea coast.

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