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At least 41 police officers die in bus crash in northern Argentina

Published 14/12/2015 | 13:01

The vehicle fell off a bridge in northern Argentina
The vehicle fell off a bridge in northern Argentina

At least 41 police officers have been killed after a bus in a convoy in northern Argentina fell off the side of a bridge.

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The bus was one of three carrying police near Salta, a city about 932 miles north of Buenos Aires.

The vehicle flipped and fell off the bridge, landing about 65ft below.

A statement issued by the National Gendarmerie, a special police force typically charged with patrolling frontier regions, said: "For reasons that are still unknown, the bus lost control while entering the bridge and fell into the creek bed below."

Local television images showed rescue crews working around the overturned bus, which authorities said was carrying around 60 people.

Gustavo Diaz, head of a group of volunteer firefighters in the area, told Argentine state agency Telam that 20 police were severely injured and were being treated in area hospitals.

The group was heading to the province of Jujuy, the country's most northern region that borders Bolivia.

The government announced that security minister Patricia Bullrich and National Gendarmerie director Omar Ariel Kannemann were travelling to the scene.

The crash comes as President Mauricio Macri begins his first full week in office. He issued a statement offering condolences to the families of the victims.

"It's for this reason that we need to improve the roads so that this doesn't keep happening," the statement read.

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