At least 11 passengers are killed and 12 injured after bus plunged off a 328-foot slope in Ecuador
- Eleven passengers were killed on Monday when a bus crashed and plunged into a 100-meter-deep slope in Colta, Ecuador.
- The Integrated Security Service also confirmed that 12 people were injured
- The bus was traveling on a highway connecting the Andean coastal cities of Guayaquil and Ambato when it veered off-lane and overturned
As many as 11 passengers have been confirmed dead after a bus plunged down a 100-meter-deep slope in Ecuador on Monday.
The Integrated Security Service also reported that 12 other people, including the driver, were taken to hospitals near Colta, Chimborazo.
The driver’s assistant was also among the fatalities. The names of the victims have not been released. The National Police reported the incident around 12:36 p.m. local time.
According to authorities, the bus veered off one of its lanes and overturned before descending a hill and landing sideways in a field.
A total of 11 passengers were killed and 12 others injured after a bus ran off a highway in Ecuador and descended a slope shortly after midnight on Monday. Firefighters had to use hydraulic rescue tools to extract three of the surviving passengers
At least 11 people died on Monday in Colta, Ecuador, after the bus they were traveling on ran off a highway and plunged into a 100-meter slope.
The bus was traveling on a road connecting the Andean cities of Guayaquil and Ambato.
Colta’s fire department spokesman Manuel Valente said first responders had to break open part of the bus to rescue three of the injured passengers who were trapped.
Authorities said the bus driver was one of 12 people who survived the deadly crash that killed 11 passengers and his assistant in Ecuador on Monday. The names of the victims have not been released
Villagers and authorities work around the site of Monday morning’s bus accident in Colta, Ecuador, which killed 11 people and injured 12 others
First responders line up the bodies of 11 dead after Monday morning’s bus crash in Colta, Ecuador
All surviving victims who remained in the vehicle were taken to safety at 4:30 am.
“The bus was at the bottom. The passengers were ejected. We helped them all the time,” Valente says, quoted by Ecuadorian digital newspaper Extra. “First we rescued those who had vital signs. Three were trapped and had to be deployed (hydraulic rescue equipment).’
The dead were taken to a local morgue in the municipality of Riobamba, where officials expected families to claim their bodies.