14 dead, 21 injured in Mexican bus crash

Jan. 3, 2010 at 3:21 PM
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MEXICALI, Mexico, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- An allegedly speeding Mexican bus with failing brakes veered off a mountain road and crashed 300 feet below, killing 14 and injuring 21, officials said.

Eleven adults, two children and an infant died in the Saturday morning crash in the mountain pass of La Rumorosa, about 70 miles east of Tijuana, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

One of the drivers of the bus had said they would seek a mechanic's help for the brakes when they arrived at Mexicali, a survivor, 13, said.

The bus was speeding in a downhill lane on the highway known for its sharp, 4,000-foot descent from the Sierra Juarez to the Baja California desert. The driver lost control and rolled over an embankment, Mexico's Federal Highway Patrol said.

The passengers on the bus were Mixtec Indian day laborers and their families.

Injured passengers were treated Saturday at Mexicali hospitals.

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