BUS ROLLS DOWN SLOPE IN MEXICO; 13 DEAD
August 12, 2006
PACHUCA, Mexico - A passenger
bus skidded off a highway in central Mexico early Saturday and rolled down a 320-foot slope, killing 13 people and injuring
a dozen others, local police said.
Rescue workers struggled
to pull the injured and dead from the wreckage of the bus, which came to rest at the bottom of a rocky gully just outside
the city of Pachuca, about 60 miles northeast of Mexico City.
The cause of the pre-dawn
crash was not immediately known, and it was unclear whether the driver was among the dead or injured. The bus was traveling
from the Gulf coast city of Tampico to Mexico City, said Sixto
Hoyos, the director of public safety for Hidalgo state,
where the accident occurred.
The injured, including four
children, were taken to two local hospitals. One child was in extremely serious condition, authorities said.
Eleven people died at the
scene, and two more died at the hospital, local authorities reported.
Authorities said the accident
occurred just before sunrise on a sharp curve known as "the drop of death."