Deadly bus crash in northern Chile
Baku, January 20 (AZERTAC). A double-decker bus from the national bus company TurBus overturned at 6:30 a.m. this morning 20 miles from the town of Tocopilla. The carrier has confirmed that two people are dead and four passengers remain in a life-threatening condition and have been transferred by helicopter to Antofagasta. The dead include a 13-year-old girl and an adult woman. The rest of the injured are being transported and treated at hospitals in Antofagasta and Tocopilla.
In a public statement, the company reported the accident occurred at kilometer 168 on Route D-1, in an area known as Piedra Elefante, between Mejillones and Tocopilla, at 6:45 a.m. The bus involved was TurBus number 2082, which was driven by Mario Muñoz Jerez.
The company statement added that “We regret the incident that occurred this morning and the death of two people to whose family we send our deepest condolences.”
After the accident, company staff were available at the scene to offer help to the police and bus passengers. The company has launched a full investigation on the cause of the accident. This area of Piedra Elefante has no cellular service, which has been slowing down the investigation.