Latest: 24 killed, 19 others hurt in Ecuador bus crash

Update 3.08pm: At least 24 people have died and another 19 were injured when a bus collided with another vehicle at high speed and overturned on a highway near Ecuador’s capital.

The Colombian-registered bus was travelling to Quito when it hit a smaller vehicle in an area known as dead man’s curve at about 3am local time, Ecuadorean authorities said.

Quito district security secretary Juan Zapata told Colombia’s Blu Radio that Colombian and Venezuelan nationals were among the dead.

Two minors travelling in the smaller vehicle were also killed.

A small fleet of ambulances and emergency workers rushed to the crash site about two hours from Quito before dawn.

They found the severely wrecked bus overturned and several homes adjacent to the highway damaged and strewn with metal debris.

- Press Association

Earlier: 23 people killed in Ecuador bus crash

Update 2.24pm: At least 23 people have been killed and another 14 injured after a long-distance bus overturned on a highway near Ecuador’s capital, officials said.

The Colombian-registered bus was travelling to Quito and hit another vehicle in an area known as dead man’s curve at about 3am local time on Tuesday.

Quito district security secretary Juan Zapata told Colombia’s Blu Radio that Colombian and Venezuelan nationals are among the dead.

Ecuador’s emergency response agency said the bus overturned after running into a smaller vehicle.

- Press Association

 

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