April 17, 2006

Mexican bus crash kills 57

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A tour bus veered off a mountain
road, crashed through the metal barrier and dropped hundreds of
feet down a ravine in eastern Mexico on Monday, killing 57
people, police said.

At least five children were among the dead in the accident
on a steep stretch of highway linking the capital with the Gulf
of Mexico port city of Veracruz.

"It broke the barrier and went down a ravine," civil
protection official Ranulfo Marquez said.

He said the dead were all Mexicans on a chartered bus
traveling to Veracruz, a colonial city and major port.

The crash happened near the Pico de Orizaba, a dormant
volcano and Mexico's tallest mountain at over 18,300 feet.

Sixty people were on board the bus, police said.