DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) – A bus carrying high school students rammed into a house in northern Syria on Friday, killing at least 23 people and injuring 35, the state-run SANA news agency reported.
The accident occurred on a road liking the northern city of Idlib to the port city of Tartus when the brakes of the bus carrying the students failed, said the agency. It said the bus overturned after it hit the house, in the Sheik Badr area just north of Tartus, some 240 kilometers (150 miles) northwest of Damascus.
SANA said six of the injured were in serious condition and that four had been inside the house at the time of the accident.
The agency quoted the governor of Tartus province, Wahib Zeineddine, as saying that those in the bus were high school students from a school in Idlib, 330 kilometers (200 miles) north of Damascus.
He added that the students were going on a tour to Tartus on their day off. Friday is the weekend in predominantly Muslim Syria.