Ecuador: Death toll 38 in crash of jam-packed bus

December 25, 2010 19:26

QUITO, Ecuador— Ecuadorean officials on Saturday said the death toll is now 38 from the crash of an overcrowded bus that plunged into a 1,100-foot (350-meter) ravine.

A government statement said the number of injured has also risen, to 46.Some of the injuries are grave, and the number of dead could increase further.

The bus ran off a foggy, rainy mountain road Friday and rolled about 650 feet (200 meters) downhill before a tree stopped its fall.

Disaster agency official Paul Sanchez said Saturday that the vehicle had a capacity of 45, but 84 were on board, including the driver. There was also cargo such as a refrigerator.

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