MARCH 25 2012 20:29h

19 dead, 30 injured in Algeria bus crash

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TIARET, Algeria, March 25 (UPI) -- A bus fell off a cliff in western Algeria early Sunday, killing as many as 19 people and injuring 30, officials said.

The accident happened around 2 a.m. on a main road in Algeria's western Tiaret province, Xinhua reported.

The bus driver lost control of the vehicle just before going off the cliff, a Tiaret official said.

All of those injured in the accident were taken to a local hospital, and three were in critical condition, the official said.

An investigation into the accident is being conducted.