Bus Plunge Into Black Sea Leaves 16 Persons Dead

Rescuers work near a pier after a bus carrying a group of workers plunged into the Black Sea outside the settlement of Volna in the Krasnodar region, Russia August 25, 2017. Russian Emergencies Ministry/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

A bus drove off a pier near the town of Taman in Southern Russia on Friday after its brakes failed, killing 16 people, Russian State media reported.

The bus was taking workers to a construction site for local oil and gas company Tamanneftegas when it fell into the Black Sea.

About 20 people managed to survive.

Russian federal investigators have opened a criminal case into possible safety and transport violations.

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