April 17, 2006

Mexican bus crashes down ravine, 63 dead

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A tour bus veered off a mountain
road, crashed through the metal barrier and plummeted hundreds
of feet down a ravine in eastern Mexico on Monday, killing 63
people, police said.

The accident, on a steep stretch of highway linking the
capital with the Gulf of Mexico port city of Veracruz, was one
of the worst traffic crashes in Mexico in recent years.

At least 10 children were among the dead.

"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.

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