About 41 individuals have died following a bus carrying police officers was driven off a bridge in Argentina, an emergency official says.
The bus was carrying 60 officers from Argentina’s gendarmerie, which patrols the country’s borders, when it flipped and plunged far more than 15 metres into a dry riverbed in the northern Salta province.
Salta borders Bolivia, Chile and Paraguay.
The new death toll from emergency officials in Salta province was a lot more than double that originally given by a nearby mayor.
The death toll may rise as rescue crews have been functioning to free others who had been trapped.
Ten police officers had been hospitalised, 4 of them in serious condition, emergency chief Francisco Marinaro told a regional radio station.
The driver lost control of the bus as it began to cross a bridge and it tumbled into the ravine, nearby police stated in a statement.
Visibility was very good at the time of the crash, police stated, adding that officials had not ruled out mechanical failure as the trigger.
President Mauricio Macri, elected final month on a platform that incorporated enhancing Argentina’s rural roads, sent his condolences to households of the victims of the crash.
“We require to boost our highways so these things do not keep happening,” he told reporters.
Rosario de la Frontera Mayor Gustavo Solis mentioned the trigger of the crash was still unknown.
He stated the road where the crash occurred was recognized to be in poor situation.
“These of us who know the location try to keep away from driving at night,” he said.
Subjects: road-transport, police, argentina