Argentina bus crash: More than 40 people killed after vehicle falls off bridge

Some people are still believed to be trapped in the vehicle

Serina Sandhu
Monday 14 December 2015 13:05
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The bus flipped and fell off the bridge
The bus flipped and fell off the bridge

A police bus has crashed in Argentina killing more than 40 people.

The bus, which was reportedly carrying police officers, flipped and fell off a bridge. It crashed 20m down a ravine in Salta province early on Monday.

The bus had been part of a convoy of three vehicles travelling to the province of Jujuy. Angel Marinaro, civil defense director for the province, told local station TN that the driver lost control of the bus as the convoy was going over the bridge.

The death toll is believed to currently stand at 41.

Images on social media show the overturned bus.

Provincial emergency director Ernesto Flores told local radio station La Red: "Between 50 and 60 border patrol officers were on board. Some are still trapped."

It is believed that emergency workers are trying to free those who are trapped and survivors are being taken to a nearby hospital.

A statement from the National Gendarmerie read: "For reasons that are still unknown, the bus lost control while entering the bridge and fell into the creek bed below."

The road where the accident occurred is known to be in poor condition, Gustavo Solis, mayor of Rosario de la Frontera in Salta province, told AFP.

President Mauricio Macri offered his condolences to the victims' families. In a statement, he said: "It's for this reason that we need to improve the roads so that this doesn't happen keep happening.".

Additional reporting by AP

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