Bus with kids falls into canal

At least fourteen people were killed in southern Turkey on Sunday when a bus carrying schoolchildren on an excursion plunged off the road and into a canal, reports said.

The bus had been bringing the pupils back from an excursion to the well-known archaeological site of Karatepe outside the city of Osmaniye when it flipped over into the canal, the Dogan news agency reported.

It said that the driver had lost control of the vehicle and an investigation was underway.

Twenty four people were being treated for injuries in hospital. Of those killed, three were female pupils, three were boys and eight were adults, it said.

Pictures published by Turkish media showed a crane hoisting the bus out of the water watched by horrified onlookers.