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Vehicle Accident - Middle-America - Guatemala

EDIS Number: VI-20121210-37472-GTM
Date / time: 10/12/2012 04:17:10 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Middle-America
Country: Guatemala
State/County: Departamento de Chimaltenango
Location: [Western area (Exact location has not been specified)]
Number of Deads: 6 person(s)
Number of Injured: 40 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

At least six people were killed and over 40 injured after a passenger bus crashed plunging into a 30 meters (almost 100 feet) deep ravine in the southwest of Guatemala. Four people, including two teenagers, died at the scene of the accident, while two more died later in a hospital. Many of the injured remain hospitalized in a critical condition. Police say the accident could be caused by driver’s violation of a speed limit, failure in the braking system of the vehicle or because the bus was overloaded. According to witnesses, as the bus was descending a mountainous road the driver pushed on the brakes, but only a strange sound followed and the bus swerved of the road into a ravine without slowing down.

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