Image: Rescue workers search for victims
Lee Seung-hyung  /  AP
Rescue workers search for victims in a crashed bus in Gyeongju, South Korea, on Wednesday.
updated 12/16/2009 8:51:11 PM ET 2009-12-17T01:51:11

A tourist bus crash in South Korea has killed 17 people and injured 14 others.

Police officer Park Sang-ho said the bus was carrying 31 people — all South Koreans in their 70s and 80s — when it veered off a mountainous road Wednesday evening and rolled about 20 meters (yards) down a hill in Gyeongju, about 280 kilometers (174 miles) southeast of Seoul.

The crash left 17 people dead and the 14 others injured seriously.

Park said the exact cause is under investigation.

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