MEXICO CITY – At least 12 people were killed and 22 others injured when a tourism bus fell in a ravine in Mexico’s northern state of Durango, the local authorities said on Friday.
Durango’s General Attorney’s Office said in a statement that the accident occurred on Friday on the Durango-Mazatlan highway at a dangerous curve that crosses the 100-meter ravine.
The statement said 11 people died on the spot, including 8 women aged 58-65, and later another person died in a local hospital.
Also, 22 people were injured and taken to a hospital in the nearby municipality of Pueblo Nuevo, said the statement.
Official reports said 42 people were aboard, including the driver and one attendant, who were travelling to Mazatlan resort on the Sinaloa state’s Pacific coast. The passengers were from the Mexican central states of Puebla and Tlaxcala.
The victims’ identities remained unknown so far, said the statement.
Mexico’s Health Minister Salomon Chertorivsky said recently that at least 16,000 people die each year in Mexico due to traffic accidents, which also cause material damages as much as 150 billion pesos (about 11.5billion U.S. dollars).
One of the most serious accidents occurred in April this year when a truck crashed against a bus on a highway in the country’s eastern state of Veracruz, where 43 people were killed and 27 were injured. (Xinhua)