43 policemen killed in Argentina bus accident

Buenos Aires, Dec 15 (IANS) At least 43 policemen were killed after the bus they were travelling in rammed through a bridge into a dried-up riverbed in Argentina on Monday, authorities said.

The bus belonged to Argentina’s military police force, and was travelling between the towns of Santiago del Estero and San Salvador de Jujuy, according to Xinhua news agency.

Early reports from emergency response teams in the Salta province said the bus was carrying 51 people and eight have been hospitalised,

Gustavo Solis, mayor of Rosario de la Frontera, told the press that the stretch of road where the accident happened was notoriously bad.

“The road is completely deteriorated. We try not to travel through the area at night,” he was quoted as saying.

Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri sent his condolences to the families of the victims, and added that the thoughts of all Argentinean people were with them.

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