Death toll rises to 13 after Ecuador bus slides off road

2018-03-26 12:49
Bus. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Bus. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Quito - Thirteen people have died and 18 were injured when the bus they were travelling in careened off a road in a coastal region of western Ecuador, according to the latest official toll.

A rescue agency had initially reported that 12 people were killed and 25 injured.

Read: 12 dead after Ecuador bus slides off road, say officials

The latest person to have died succumbed to injuries while being treated, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

The accident occurred on Saturday around 19:00 GMT on the Jipijapa highway, in the area known as "Las Americas" in Manabi province, according to a report from the Ecuadorian Traffic Commission.

Traffic accidents are among the leading causes of death in the Andean country.

Last week, a frontal collision between two buses in the neighbouring province of Guayas left 11 dead and 54 wounded.

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