BUENOS AIRES: A bus carrying Argentine border patrol officers crashed down into a ravine in the northern province of Salta on Monday, killing about 30 people, provincial emergency director Ernesto Flores told local radio station La Red.
“We are talking about close to 30 dead,” he said. “Between 50 and 60 border patrol officers were on board. Some are still trapped.”
Some press reports estimated as many as 40 people were killed, as rescue crews worked to free trapped passengers.
President Mauricio Macri, elected last month on a platform that included improving Argentina’s rural roads, sent his condolences to families of the victims of the crash.
“We need to improve our highways so these things don’t keep happening,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a news conference in Buenos Aires province.