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Four killed, 35 injured when passenger bus tumbles into 50-meter-deep ravine

Ocuilapa de Juárez, Chiapas — Several rescue teams arrived at the site of a passenger bus that rolled over into a ravine killing four and injuring 35.

The accident happened around 11:00 p.m. near the town of Ocuilapa de Juárez in the state of Chiapas, Civil Protection sources said. They report that the passenger bus left San Cristóbal de las Casas, one of the most touristic cities in Chiapas and was bound for Mexico City when along the way, the bus left the road and overturned into a 50-meter-deep ravine.

Narciso Rodríguez Pérez, fire coordinator for the area, reported that emergency and security officials from federal and state agencies including Civil Protection and Roadside Medical Services, as well as paramedics, were at the scene attending to the wounded.

Civil Protection of the State of Chiapas confirmed through social networks that it continues to provide the necessary support to the victims.

One of the bus passengers explained that while they were traveling along the highway, a tractor trailer was about to pass them without enough room. The driver of the bus did not have time to dodge the trailer, causing the bus to leave the roadway.

An official cause of the accident from authorities has not yet been released.

Earlier this week, a clash between three public transport units on the Mexico-Pachuca highway left 11 dead and almost 20 injured.