17 people were killed in Georgia on Sunday when a mini-bus plunged 80 metres (260 feet) off a mountain road.

Police said the accident took place in Mtskheta-Mtianeti region in the Caucasus Mountains.

The mini-bus “fell over a rocky slope” while travelling in the municipality of Dusheti, killing 17 people and leaving three seriously injured, the interior ministry said in a statement.

Emergency workers evacuated the injured for medical treatment and police were investigating the cause.

The government today declared Tuesday a day of national mourning, with flags to fly at half-mast across the country.

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