QUITO – A total of 37 people died and another 46 were injured in a bus accident Friday on the Ecuadorian coast, the emergency management office said Saturday.
An emergency management official said that 83 people were on the bus, and said that among the injured there are several in “critical” condition.
The accident took place before dawn Friday in the coastal province of Manabi, where the public transport vehicle that covered a regular interurban route between Flavio Alfaro and El Carmen plunged down a ravine near the Crespa sector, police said.
The emergency management official said that the causes of the accident are not yet known, but a survivor told the local press Friday that the crash apparently occurred when the vehicle’s transmission and brakes failed simultaneously.
The driver tried to swerve but lost control and the bus went off the road, crashed down a precipice some 200 meters (655 feet) deep and hit a tree and a boulder on the way down, the official said.