Death toll from Ecuador's bus accident reaches 42

09:53, August 30, 2010      

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The death toll from Sunday morning's bus accident in the Andean region of Ecuador has reached 42 with 11 others injured, the Ecuadorian Red Cross said.

Most of the injured were in serious conditions and had been taken to nearby hospitals, local media reported.

The accident occurred early Sunday morning at 3 a.m. local time (0800 GMT) when a passenger bus carrying 53 passengers fell into a cliff. It was traveling from Cuenca, in the center of the country, to Quito.

The latest death toll has not been confirmed by the Ecuadorian Interior Ministry and the police. Earlier, Ecuadorian Interior Minister Gustavo Jalkh said 38 people had died from the accident with 12 others injured.

Initial reports showed that the bus driver, who died in the accident, apparently lost the vehicle's control and went off the line before falling to the cliff.

Source: Xinhua


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