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Argentine police bus crash kills 42

Aerial view showing Gendarmerie members collecting evidence after a bus drove off a bridge in the Salta province, north of Argentina on Monday.

Aerial view showing Gendarmerie members collecting evidence after a bus drove off a bridge in the Salta province, north of Argentina on Monday.

Buenos Aires [AAP]

A bus carrying Argentine border patrol officers has crashed into a ravine, killing 42 people.

Another nine people were injured in the crash in the northern province of Salta on Monday, provincial emergency official Francisco Marinaro told local television.

‘We have 42 dead so far,’ he said in a TV interview from the scene, where an overturned bus was shown, swarmed with emergency workers.

Nine people were rescued and being treated in local clinics.

‘The bus fell about 18 metres,’ Marinaro said.

The vehicle was part of a three-bus convoy carrying officers of Argentina’s gendarmerie, which patrols the country’s borders. Salta borders Bolivia, Chile and Paraguay.

Passengers on the other two buses were the first people on site to attempt to save the officers trapped in the wreckage, officials said.

President Mauricio Macri, elected last month on a platform that included improving Argentina’s rural roads, sent his condolences to families of the victims of the crash.

‘We need to improve our highways so these things don’t keep happening,’ he told reporters on the sidelines of a news conference in Buenos Aires province.

 


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