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Tragedy in north Argentina: bus runs off a bridge killing 43 gendarmes

Tuesday, December 15th 2015 - 07:09 UTC
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It fell 15 meters and landed upside down, with the passenger cabin crushed almost flat. It fell 15 meters and landed upside down, with the passenger cabin crushed almost flat.

At least 43 officers were killed and nine others injured when a National Gendarmerie bus went off a bridge Monday in Salta, a province in northwestern Argentina, officials said. The bus was carrying about 60 officers when it went off the bridge and plunged into the Seco River.

 The cause of the accident has not been determined, but there may have been a problem with the “right tire,” Salta Civil Defense and Social Emergencies Secretary Francisco Marinaro told TN television.

Rescue teams are still trying to raise the bus, which landed upside down, police reported.

It fell 15 meters and landed upside down, with the passenger cabin crushed almost flat. Aerial photos showed the mangled vehicle lying in the riverbed, trailing a long strip of guard rail it ripped from the bridge on its way down.

Eight people have been hospitalized, authorities said.

President Mauricio Macri expressed his condolences to the officers' families after an event with farmers in Pergamino, province of Buenos Aires.

“We have to improve the roads so these kinds of things don't keep happening,” Macri said. The president, who took office last week, declared 24 hours of national mourning over the officers' deaths.

The bus was part of a caravan of three carrying police to reinforce security in neighboring Jujuy province, where a new governor is expected to announce job cuts soon.

A local mayor, Gustavo Solis of Rosario de la Frontera, said the road where the accident took place is known to be in poor condition.

“Those of us who know the area try to avoid driving at night,” he said.

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  • Skip

    Why couldn't the guardrail prevent this?

    Cable barriers are a much better mechanism as they redirect an errant vehicle along its path.

    Dec 15th, 2015 - 09:06 am 0
  • Brasileiro

    My condolences to families affected by this tragedy. Argentina is a great nation and will be able to overcome this moment.

    Dec 15th, 2015 - 09:35 am 0
  • ElaineB

    I read about this when it happened yesterday. It was at night on a very badly maintained road. It is a terrible tragedy that could have been down to human error in the driver but surely the state of the road would have contributed? Under-investment in the infrastructure will take years to rectify.

    Condolences to the families.

    Dec 15th, 2015 - 09:36 am 0
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