Inquest into women killed in Ecuador bus crash

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An inquest will be held today into the deaths of five women killed in an Ecuador bus crash.

The four teenagers and one 26-year-old tour leader died in April last year as they travelled from the country's capital, Quito, to a fishing village as part of a trip organised by gap year travel specialist VentureCo.

Ecuadorian police said a lorry carrying a load of sand crashed into the left side of the bus in Sancan.

The lorry driver fled the scene.

A further 12 Britons, a French national, two Ecuadorians, the driver and a tour guide were also injured in the crash.

Cheshire coroner Nicholas Rheinberg will hear the two-day inquest at Macclesfield Town Hall.

The proceedings will cover the deaths of: Emily Sadler, 19, of Northwood, Hertfordshire; Rebecca Logie, 19, of Chorley, Lancs; Indira Swann, 18, of Maidenhead, Berkshire; Elizabeth Pincock, 19, of Taunton, Somerset; and Sarah Howard, 26, of Northwich, Cheshire.