24 At One Blow In Ecuador

Relatives of some of the 19 Colombian victims involved in a bus accident in Ecuador that left 24 dead, meet on August 15, 2018 in Cali, Colombia, to organize their trip to Quito to help with the full identification of the bodies and to assist the injured. (Photo credit: LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
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News Americas, QUITO, Ecuador, Fri. Aug. 17, 2018: At least 24 people were killed and 22 others injured when a long-distance bus crashed with a smaller vehicle on a highway and overturned near Ecuador’s capital Quito in the early morning hours on Tuesday, local media reported.

The accident occurred on a winding section of the Pifo-Papallacta Highway at about 03:00, according to local media.

The bodies of 10 victims have been identified, including six Colombians, two Venezuelans and two Ecuadorians.

As for the identification of the other victims, head of Pichincha province’s forensic medicine department Kleber Viteri said they have established technical teams to handle it.

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“We have received bodies without any kind of identification, otherwise we could give a preliminary identification,” said Viteri.

According to Viteri, 14 women, seven men and two minors were killed in the crash, including a 15-year-old male teenager and a one-year-old boy.

“Yes, poor child. He would have turned 16 years old in September. It is really a pity. That’s life,” said Angel Guerra, a family member of the teenager.

A majority of the passengers who survived the crash sustained multiple traumatic injuries, but fortunately, most of their injuries are not life-threating, said health sources. (SOURCE: CCTV)

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