BUENOS AIRES – At least 12 people, including several children, died on Sunday when the bus they were riding in on a highway in Argentina’s western Mendoza province flipped over, authorities told EFE.
The bus was transporting back to Buenos Aires a group of children with a capital dance club, along with their parents.
Officials with the Mendoza provincial government said that the crash – the cause of which is under investigation – killed at least 12 people, most of them children, although the death toll could rise once the crushed vehicle is fully searched and removed.
About 12 people were said by Mendoza government officials to be injured in the incident – some of them quite seriously – and transported to a local hospital.
The crash occurred Sunday afternoon on Route 144, a few kilometers from the city of San Rafael, in a mountainous zone with many curves in the road.
Police and firefighters were dispatched to the scene and are still working there.
The youngsters from the dance club had traveled to San Rafael to participate in a contest at the Teatro Roma there.
A similar tragedy in Mendoza occurred on Feb. 18, when about 20 people died in the crash of a bus heading to Chile.
Just six days later, another accident in the eastern Argentine province of Santa Fe, killed 12 people when two buses crashed head-on on a highway.