23 people have died after a tourist bus plunged 50ft from a cliff near the seaside resort of Marmaris in southern Turkey.

11 others were injured in the tragic accident after the driver lost control of the minibus and ploughed through a crash barrier. The vehicle landed on another section of road below, BBC News reports.

According to Turkey's Andalou news agency the crash took place on the Mugla-Antalya road at the Sakar Gecidi pass.

Emergency services arrived at the scene and the injured were taken to hospital, Andalou said.

Local media said no foreign tourists were among the passengers. Most of the victims are believed to be women and children who were travelling to Marmaris for a mother's day event on Sunday (14 May).

The bus driver is believed to be among the dead.

While Amric Cicek, governor of Mugla province, said the accident may have occurred after the brakes on the vehicle failed, mayor of Marmaris, Ali Acar, told Turkish newspaper Hurriyet: "I think that the accident was a result of driver error."