Colombian Bus Crash Kills at Least 20




October 17, 2022

People watch as rescuers try to secure a bus after an accident on the Pan-American Highway in Altos de Penalisa, near the city of Pasto, Narino, Colombia, Oct. 15, 2022. (AFP Photo)

BOGOTA, Oct 15 (Reuters) – At least 20 people were killed and 14 more injured on Saturday when a bus crashed on a road between the southwestern Colombian cities of Pasto and Popayan, police said.

Images on Colombian television showed the bus flipped over in the early morning accident, which authorities said may have been caused by a mechanical fault.

Local media said the bus had been close to tumbling down a mountainside, but had come to a halt against a barrier.

“Unfortunately, we have a toll of 20 people dead,” said Capt. Albertland Agudelo of the Narino department traffic police.

“The hypothesis being investigated is that it appeared to suffer a mechanical failure,” Agudelo said.

Reporting by Nelson Bocanegra; Editing by Sandra Maler

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