More than 30 dead in Guatemalan bus accident
More than 30 people have been kiilled late Friday when a passenger bus heading from Guatemala to El Salvador overturned, national radio reported.Updated: Mar 01, 2008 10:16 IST
More than 30 people were killed late Friday when a passenger bus heading from Guatemala to El Salvador overturned, national radio reported.
Some reports put the death toll at approximately 37. At least 15 other people were injured.
The reports quoted witnesses as saying speeding was a probable cause of the accident.
They said the bus overturned at about 2315 GMT when the driver, making his way down the road in darkness, had failed to make a sharp turn and sent the bus into a ravine.
Mynor Rodas, a spokesman for volunteer firefighters in the region, said the section of the highway near the Salvadoran border town of Jutiapa is known for its high rate of accidents and claimed the lives of three other travelers in recent days.
"The road in this place is wide, which invites drivers to step up on the accelerator," Rodas said. "But there is a sharp curve ahead, where some lose control of their vehicles and end up in the ravine."
The bus belonged to Cubanita Transportation Company.