Bus Plunges Into 600-Foot Canyon, Killing 44
3 babies among the dead in Guatemala crash
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 9, 2013 5:40 PM CDT
An unidentified woman is comforted as she weeps for a dead relative who was a passenger on a bus that plunged into a deep river canyon in San Martin Jilotepeque, northwest Guatemala.   (AP Photo / Luis Soto)

(Newser) – A bus plunged into a deep river canyon in northwestern Guatemala today, leaving at least 44 people dead, according to officials. An additional 46 people were injured and taken to hospitals, says Mario Cruz, a spokesman for the volunteer fire department in the area. At the accident site, medical personnel were conducting autopsies on the dead, which showed multiple injuries. Cruz says about 90 people were aboard the Guatemala City-bound bus, which had an official capacity of 54 passengers. The dead included at least three babies.

The bus fell into a river at the bottom of the 600-foot canyon around 8:15am in the town of San Martin Jilotepeque, apparently after the driver lost control on a curve. "From what we see, the bus crashed against a wall of rocks first and then fell into the cliff," says the local mayor. The area has mostly dirt roads that wind through steep mountains without guardrails or other safety measures.

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Sep 12, 2013 9:28 AM CDT
It is terrifying to drive the mountain roads in Guatemala. Semi-trucks and trailers have flashing lights on them and seem to travel faster than other vehicles. All along the Pan American Highway (which is a two lane road!) there are wooden crosses and shrines where people have driven off the road into the canyons below. When I was there a few years ago, I saw a semi-truck at the bottom of a deep canyon. I measured the truck's size with my finger and thumb from the top of the canyon, and it was three inches. Local people said it happens all the time.
Sep 10, 2013 12:40 AM CDT
same road conditions will be here in America very soon, if these libtard demigod administration stay in control, because I don't see any of our tax dollars going into fixing roads and bridges like Obama said he was going to do............ Instead he's to busy giving free stuff away and not creating any jobs...
Sep 9, 2013 8:02 PM CDT
cheap labor ...no taxes...no roads... short life expectancy..