13 killed, 34 injured as two buses collide, fall into a ditch in Argentina

ROSARIO – At least 13 people were killed and 34 injured when two buses collided head-on in eastern Argentina on Friday.

Two buses from the same company, Monticas, collided near the central port city of Rosario, in Argentina’s Santa Fe province, state news agency Telam said.
Rescuers said the buses were full of passengers when they collided and crashed into a ditch near the city of Rosario.

Investigators have yet to establish the cause of the crash, which occurred on a level road and under good weather conditions, according to civil defence official Marcos Escajadillo.
Two young women were hospitalized in critical condition.

The bus company Monticas said in a statement that both drivers were killed in the accident and that the two buses, model year 2012, were routinely inspected, had daily maintenance and were in excellent condition.

This is the second major road accident the country recorded in less than one week.
On Saturday, 19 people died while 20 others sustained injuries when a coach operated by Chilean company Turbus flipped over in Argentina’s Mendoza province, in the Andes, near the border with Chile.
The dead – including three children – were mostly from Argentina but also from Chile, Colombia and Haiti.

A survivor who was not identified said that the coach had been travelling too fast, despite the concerns of passengers. The crash happened near Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of Asia.