( AP )- A bus carrying high school students rammed into a house in northern Syria and flipped over Friday, killing at least 24 people and injuring 34, a hospital official said.
The accident occurred when the brakes on the bus failed as it traveled on a road linking the northern city of Idlib to the port city of Tartus, the state-run SANA news agency said. Twenty-three of the dead were students and one victim was inside the house.
The agency quoted the governor of Tartus province, Wahib Zeineddine, as saying the students were from a high school in Idlib, 200 miles north of Damascus.
The students were going on a tour to Tartus on their day off, he said.
An official at al-Basil hospital in Tartus said the students were between 15 and 18 years old.
SANA said the bus overturned after it hit the house, in the Sheik Badr area just north of Tartus, about 150 miles northwest of Damascus.
Most of the injured were students, including six in serious condition, the agency said.