MEXICO CITY – At least 16 people were killed and 30 others injured when a bus plunged into a ravine over the weekend in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas, officials said on Monday.
“There are 16 people dead and 30 injured in the bus accident,” the Chiapas emergency management office said in a Twitter post.
The accident occurred Sunday afternoon on the Motozintla-Huixtla highway when the bus went off the road and into a 70-meter (230-foot) ravine.
Chiapas Gov. Manuel Velasco expressed his condolences to the families of the accident victims and said he had ordered that the injured and relatives of the victims receive assistance.
The passengers had attended a Christian conference in the town of Pijijiapan and were returning to their communities.
Emergency services personnel responded to the accident, provided first aid to the injured and transported accident victims to nearby hospitals.
Bus accidents are common in Mexico. On April 13, 24 people burned to death when a bus collided with a fuel truck on the highway between Michoacan and Guerrero states.