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7 dead as bus plunges off cliff in El Salvador

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15 others injured, some of them gravely, an official said

Thomson Reuters
Posted: Aug 05, 2017 3:43 PM ET
Last Updated: Aug 05, 2017 3:43 PM ET

At least seven people died and another 15 were injured in El Salvador on Saturday after their bus lost control due to excessive speed and fell over a cliff, officials said. 

The bus, which was headed to the coast during a holiday weekend, fell about 30 metres before coming to a stop near the town of Olocuilta, about 23 kilometres southeast of the capital San Salvador. 

The speeding driver swerved to avoid a speed bump in the road but instead tumbled off the edge, said Eduardo Guevara, an official with the national emergency services. 

He added that some of the survivors were gravely injured and the final death toll could still rise.

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Rescue crews work at the scene of a crash after a bus plunged over a cliff near the town of Olocuilta, about 23 kilometres southeast of the capital San Salvador. (Comandos de Salvamento)

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