Bus plunge kills dozens of Argentine police | News | Al Jazeera

Bus plunge kills dozens of Argentine police

News reports say bus carrying gendarmes officers lost control and drove off a bridge, killing as many as 40 police.

    At least 41 police officers have been killed after their bus plunged off a bridge in northern Argentina [EPA]
    At least 41 police officers have been killed after their bus plunged off a bridge in northern Argentina [EPA]

    Dozens of Argentine police have been killed in a bus accident on Monday in the northern part of the South American nation, news reports said.

    The Associated Press news agency reported at least 41 officers were dead.

    Authorities say the crash happened early on Monday while a convoy of three buses with police officers was travelling near Salta, a city about 1,500km north of Buenos Aires.

    Angel Marinaro, civil defence director for the province, told local station TN that the driver of one of the buses lost control as the convoy was crossing a bridge.

    The vehicle flipped and fell off the bridge, landing about 20 metres below in a dry riverbed. Television images showed an overturned bus and rescue crews working at the scene.

    Authorities say the bus was carrying about 60 people, and survivors were being taken to a nearby hospital.

    Gustavo Solis, mayor of Rosario de la Frontera, told the AFP news agency at least 20 people died. 

    The cause of the predawn accident was unclear, said Solis. Some people remain trapped in the wreckage of the bus and the death toll  could rise, he said.

     

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    How has the international arms trade exacerbated conflict in the Middle East? People and Power investigates.

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.