11 killed, 5 seriously injured in 2 separate car accidents in Albania

Albanian police say 11 people died in two separate accidents in different parts of the country.

Six people died when a speeding minivan carrying 11 people lost control and hurtled 100 meters (more than 300 feet) down a cliff, killing six people and seriously injuring the five others.

The second deadly accident involved two cars in a head-on collision that killed all five passengers.

The first crash occurred on the road to Kukes, 180 kilometers (110 miles) northeast of the capital, Tirana, early Saturday. Police said three people died immediately and three others perished at a hospital.

Police spokesman Jaho Caushi says four of the injured had life-threatening injuries and were transported to a hospital in Tirana, while the fifth person also had serious injuries but wasn't in danger of dying.

The second accident occurred in the afternoon near the southernmost city of Saranda, 280 kilometers (170 miles) from Tirana, when two cars crashed with each other leaving all five passengers in them dead.

Police said they were investigating the cause.

Poor infrastructure and rainy weather have made Albanian roads more dangerous than usual.