Over 40 killed in Ecuador bus accident

At least 42 people died when a bus carrying 53 passengers fell off a cliff.

Updated: Aug 30, 2010, 10:44 AM IST

Quito: At least 42 people were killed and 11 injured on Sunday in Ecuador when a bus carrying 53 passengers fell off a cliff, the Ecuadorian Red Cross said.

The accident occurred on Sunday morning in the Andean region of Ecuador, Xinhua reported.

Most of the injured were in serious conditions and had been taken to nearby hospitals.

The bus was travelling from Cuenca, in the centre of the country, to the capital Quito.

The latest toll has not been confirmed by the police. Earlier, Ecuadorian Interior Minister Gustavo Jalkh said 38 people died in the accident.

IANS