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41 dead in Montenegro train crash

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Map showing the site of the train derailment.

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(CNN) -- A passenger train has derailed and plunged down an embankment outside Montenegro's capital, Podgorica, on Monday, killing 41 people aboard and injuring more than 180 others, a government spokeswoman has said.

Fourteen of the 184 people reported hurt were in critical condition, and 90 children were among the injured, government spokeswoman Olivera Djukanovic said.

The train was traveling from Bar, on the Adriatic Sea, to Bijelo Polje when it derailed and skidded 50 meters (yards) down an embankment, she said.

Investigators suspect the train's brakes might have failed, Djukanovic said.

The derailment took place about about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica, at about 3:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. GMT).

State television broadcast appeals for blood donations, and government officials declared a three-day period of mourning for the victims of the crash after an emergency government meeting Monday afternoon.

Montenegro Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic visited the injured passengers at a hospital in Podgorica on Monday evening and said that "the government is dedicated to assist the victims' families."

Montenegro is one of the republics that made up Yugoslavia before that country's violent breakup in the 1990s.

It remains part of a loose confederation with Serbia, the largest of the former Yugoslav republics.

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