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Seven dead in crash near Kyrgyzstan resort

At least 7 people died and dozens were injured in Kyrgyzstan when a bus loaded with tourists collided with a car near an alpine lake resort.

world Updated: Jul 21, 2008 10:54 IST

At least seven people died and dozens were injured in Kyrgyzstan on Monday when a bus loaded with tourists collided with a car near an alpine lake resort, the emergencies ministry said.

The crash occurred near Issyk-Kul, the world's second biggest alpine lake revered in Kyrgyzstan as a national symbol, when a bus loaded with 53 tourists collided with a car.

Regional emergencies ministry chief, Arstan Momokulov, said all the dead were tourists from neighbouring Kazakhstan.

He said that dozens of people were rushed to hospitals.

Thousands of people die every year in road crashes across Central Asia, largely due to reckless driving and bad roads. Also on Monday, four people died in car accident in Kazakhstan's Zhambyl region, local media reported.