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Twenty seven dead in Mexico's bus crash

india Updated: Jan 25, 2007 05:42 IST

Twenty-seven people died and 20 have been seriously injured in a bus crash in a mountainous region of Oaxaca state in southern Mexico, authorities said.

The coach was travelling from Huautla de Jimenez to Mexico City on Wednesday when it plunged 200 metres into a ravine, said a local police official.

Bus accidents occur frequently in Mexico, linked to poor vehicle maintenance, overcrowding, speeding and drivers who take undue risks.

Twenty-two passengers were killed on December 28 when a bus driver raced to get ahead of a train near Mexico and collided with it.