19 people have died and 22 are injured following a coach crash near Argentina
Sixteen of those who lost their lives died at the scene and another three in hospital.
The accident happened just after midnight local time today/yesterday (SAT) on a road known as Route Seven in Aconcagua Provincial Park near the Argentinian city of Mendoza where the coach had started its journey.
The coach was travelling very fast and skidded twice before overturning.
Eduardo Lopez, coach passenger
Local reports said the vehicle was travelling at high speed on a road wet with recent rain when it overturned. The two drivers were being questioned by police last night/on Saturday night.
Passenger Eduardo Lopez said: “The coach was travelling very fast and skidded twice before overturning.
Local reports have claimed the coach overturned after travelling at a high speed on a wet road
“It reached a bend at high speed and the driver tried to brake, but was going fast and lost control.”
Another passenger Leandro Torres, told a local newspaper, added: “The coach was travelling at speed.
A passenger said the coach driver lost control of the vehicle as he drove around a bend
Passengers were complaining and shouting at the driver.”
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Most of the 40 passengers on board were Argentinian. They also included four Chileans, two Peruvians, a Haitian and a Colombian.
It is believed passengers were complaining to the driver about his speed minutes before the crash
The injured passengers include three children who suffered head injuries, one of whom is said to be in a “serious condition.”
An adult who was among those rushed to hospital is said to have lost his left arm.
“The coach belonged to a Chilean firm called Turbus.
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The area where the accident occurred, just under two miles from Argentina’s border with Chile, is known as Curva del Yeso.
Local TV footage showed the vehicle after it had been righted with all its windows smashed and its bodywork heavily dented.
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