Mexico bus crash leaves 19 dead and 43 injured

Image copyright EPA Image caption The bus was travelling from Puebla to the northern port city of Veracruz

At least 19 people have been killed and 43 injured after a bus crashed in central Mexico.

The bus was travelling from the western state of Puebla to the city of Veracruz in north-east Mexico.

Traffic en route to the Mexican maritime town of Olas Altas came to a sudden stop around 1630 GMT on Wednesday.

Fourteen people have died at the scene and 10 have died after being taken to hospital.

The highway is part of a main route from Mexico City to the border city of Tijuana, in the north of the country.

Those killed have not yet been identified but police have not ruled out that the victims were migrants.

The bus driver apparently lost control while trying to avoid crashing with another vehicle, according to Mexico’s federal transport ministry.

The bus crashed into a cement wall near a tunnel, wrecking it and sending bodies into the road, authorities said.

Image copyright EPA Image caption The bus was travelling on the highway from the Pacific coast state of Puebla to the Mexican coastal town of Olas Altas

In a video released by the country’s transport ministry, passengers can be seen frantically seeking out their luggage and telling each other they were sure their loved ones were on board.

The footage shows the bus driver throwing some of the passengers from their seats, and driving them on the side of the road to the median where he put them into the back of an ambulance.

Mexican authorities confirmed that all of the passengers were Indian.

ABC correspondent Ross Bryant says it is not the first time a bus carrying Indian migrants has crashed this year.

In January at least 20 people were killed when their bus hit a pickup truck in the southwestern state of Oaxaca.

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