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Vehicle Accident - Middle-America - Nicaragua

EDIS Number: VI-20121227-37639-NIC
Date / time: 27/12/2012 04:57:21 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Middle-America
Country: Nicaragua
State/County: Province of Tungurahua
Location: [Between Ambato and Pillaro]
Number of Deads: 13 person(s)
Number of Injured: 37 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:

Thirteen people were killed and 37 others injured when a bus plunged into a ravine in a mountainous area of central Ecuador on Wednesday, officials said. The governor of Tungurahua province, Lira Villalba, told reporters that the bus went off the road between the provincial capital Ambato and the town of Pillaro. Initial investigations have shown brake failure was the likely cause. Road accidents are a serious problem in Ecuador, with an annual average of 33 deaths per 100,000 residents-one of the highest mortality rates in Latin America. Over the last four years, an average of about 4,800 people have died each year in road accidents in the Andean nation-or 13 people a day, according to road safety watchdog group Justicia Vial.

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