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Over two dozen killed when bus falls into 20-meter deep ravine

Magdalena Peñasco, Oaxaca — During the latest count, 29 people died after the passenger bus they were in rolled into a ravine. The accident happened early Wednesday in the town of Magdalena Peñasco.

It is not yet known exactly why or how the driver of the bus lost control and fell into the nearly 20-meter deep ravine. A majority of the deceased, at least two dozen, were located on site. Several additional deaths occurred later in hospitals, raising the death toll to 29.

The Oaxaca State Attorney General’s Office confirmed the latest number of people killed in the accident on July 5 increased to 29 dead, while the number of injured was 19.

The full passenger bus was heading to Chalcatongo de Hidalgo in Oaxaca from Mexico City at the time of the accident. The bus left Mexico City the night before. The accident was reported at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Oaxaca Governor Salomón Jara Cruz posted on social media saying “We deeply regret the accident that occurred in Magdalena Peñasco… We send a hug and our condolences to the families of the deceased to whom we will also provide all the support to deal with their terrible loss”

According to Jesús Romero, the Secretary of Government of Oaxaca, the number of deceased as of noon Wednesday was 27, of which 24 died on scene and three in the hospital. That count later rose to 29 after two more died in hospital.