Mexico bus crash kills 57

An overloaded tour bus veered off a mountain road, crashed through a metal barrier and tumbled deep into a ravine in eastern Mexico, killing 57 people on Monday.

    Rescuers walk amid the debris of a bus that crashed on Monday

    Local officials said there were three survivors of the crash. After a day of searching the scrub around the twisted wreckage, the death count was lowered to 57.

    "Earlier we talked about 63 dead but we did a recount and this (57) is the official figure we have now," Ranulfo Marquez, a civil protection official, told local radio.

    The bus went off the road on a steep stretch of highway linking Mexico City with the Gulf of Mexico port city of Veracruz.

    Overloaded

    Television pictures showed ambulance workers carrying bloodied bodies away from the wreckage, which was strewn about in pieces. The roof was upturned and almost intact.

    Debris was scattered after the bus
    fell over a 200-meter cliff

    Corpses were lined up on black plastic sheets on the floor of a makeshift morgue in the nearby town of Maltrata, and masked health workers were transferring them to coffins.

    The dead, including about 10 children, were all Mexicans on a chartered bus, which rescue services said was overloaded with passengers.

    The crash could have been caused by brake failure or driver negligence, police said.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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