QUITO – Five children were killed in a school bus crash in northern Ecuador – three fewer than initially reported – and 30 others were injured, a spokesman for the Ecuadorian Red Cross said.
Local media had initially reported that eight children were killed and 11 injured and suggested that additional kids could be trapped in the wreckage.
The bus lost control and overturned, according to the Red Cross, which transported 11 children to the San Vicente de Paul hospital in Ibarra, capital of Imbabura province.
The accident occurred Friday near the border between the provinces of Imbabura and Carchi, which are both located in northern Ecuador and separated by a river.
While the Red Cross spokesman said the bus crashed in the town of Salinas 1, in Imbabura, an Ecuadorian police spokesman said the accident took place in La Concepcion, which is located in Carchi.
The police spokesman said late Friday that the accident occurred at 2:30 p.m. and that officers had arrived at the scene to assist in the rescue effort and evaluate the damage, although he did not confirm the number of people killed.
The children apparently lived in Carchi but studied in Imbabura, Radio Publica reported, adding that the bus ran off the road and plunged into a ravine as they were riding home after school.