12 dead after Ecuador bus slides off road: officials

Agence France-Presse | Published at 10:35am on March 25, 2018

Twelve people were killed and another 25 were injured on Saturday when the bus they were traveling in careened off a road in a coastal region of western Ecuador, officials said.

'So far there are 25 injured...and 12 people died as a result of the traffic accident,’ a rescue agency said in a statement.

The accident occurred around 2:00pm local time (1900 GMT) on the Jipijapa Highway, in the area known as Las Americas of the Manabi province, according to a report from the Ecuadorian Traffic Commission.

Traffic accidents are among the leading causes of death in the Andean country.

Last week, a frontal collision between two buses in the neighboring province of Guayas left 11 dead and 54 wounded.