Bus Carrying 60 Syrian Children Crashes Into Orontes River, Darkush, Syria

Update (0856 EST): At least five have been reported killed at this time.

At approximately 0820 EST, initial reports indicated that a bus carrying around 60 Syrian school children to a field trip had crashed and sunk into the Orontes River near Darkush, Syria. By 0830, the Syria Civil Defense announced that its crews were deployed and searching for the bus.

Ny 0840 EST, at least 25 people were reported to have been injured and transported to al-Rahma Hospital in Darkush.

It is not currently clear if there have been any fatalities. This is developing.

Darkush is a town in northern Syria, administratively part of the Idlib Governorate, located northwest of Idlib along the Syrian–Turkish borders on the Orontes River.