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Wednesday 21 August 2019

Fourteen killed as bus plunges into ravine in Colombia

Fourteen people were killed
Fourteen people were killed

Fourteen people were killed and at least 38 injured in Colombia's northern state of Antioquia after a bus slid off a road and fell into a ravine.

The incident happened on Sunday afternoon and involved a local bus known as a "chiva".

Chiva buses are typically painted in bright colours and carry passengers inside and on top of the roof.

Local media reported that coffee growers, peasants and a man who was travelling to visit relatives were among the passengers killed.

Colonel Juan Carlos Torres of Antioquia's police department says the bus fell almost 1,000 feet down a cliff after the driver lost control.

Nearby villagers helped rescuers search for survivors.

Two young children were also among the dead.

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