April 17, 2006

Mexican bus crash kills 63

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An overloaded tour bus veered off a
mountain road, crashed through the metal barrier and tumbled
hundreds of feet down a ravine in eastern Mexico on Monday,
killing at least 63 people.

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.

Television pictures showed ambulance workers carrying
bloodied bodies away from the bus, which was reduced to small
pieces of twisted wreckage. Half a dozen corpses were lined up
on the floor of a makeshift morgue.

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

The dead, including 10 children, were all Mexicans on a
chartered bus, which rescue services said was overloaded with
passengers. The crash could have been caused by either brake
failure or driver negligence, police said.

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