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Ecuador bus accident kills 26: officials

A bus plunged down a ravine in northern Ecuador today, killing at least 26 people and injuring 29 others, a senior fire service official said.

world Updated: Feb 20, 2012 00:00 IST

A bus plunged down a ravine in northern Ecuador on Sunday, killing at least 26 people and injuring 29 others, a senior fire service official said.

"We have 26 fatalities, of which 14 are men, 10 are women and two are children," Colonel Marco Antonio Hadathy, fire chief in the city of Ibarra, told AFP by telephone.

The bus was traveling between Ibarra, 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of Quito, and San Lorenzo when the accident occurred.

The dead were moved from the scene of the crash to a morgue in Ibarra and the injured are being treated in three local hospitals, the fire chief said.