Tuesday, 5 November 2013

12 dead in Colombia bus accident

Twelve people were killed and 35 others injured Monday when a bus ran off the road and plunged 80 meters (262 feet) to the bottom of a ravine in southwestern Colombia, authorities said.

The vehicle was traveling along a highway between the towns of Toribio and Jambalo in Cauca province.

“The bus left Jambalo with at least 45 people, the majority of them Indians, who had participated in the festivities taking place here,” the town’s mayor, Silvio Dagua, told reporters.

Cauca Highway Police commander Maj. Richard Sanabria said that the injured were taken to several hospitals, some of them in Popayan, the regional capital.

Terrain difficulties and bad weather in the region have made the recovery of the bodies difficult, the police chief said.

“There are (groups) from Toribio and Jambalo trying to recover the bodies. We’re waiting for the weather to improve to perform an overflight and decide how to proceed,” Sanabria said.

Over the weekend there were two accidents with similar characteristics, the first in the northwestern province of Antioquia which left five people dead and 25 injured, and the other in the central region of Tolima which left four dead and 30 injured.

Tuesday 05 November 2013



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