14 killed in Ecuador bus accident

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QUITO: Fourteen people were killed and 30 injured, one of them seriously, when a bus drove off the highway in central Ecuador, flipped and caught fire, authorities said Saturday. The accident took place around 10 p.m. (0300 GMT) Friday on the highway between the capital Quito and Andean city of La Mana, police Colonel Cristian Barreiro said in a video released by the Ecu911 emergency service. National Transit Agency chief Pablo Calle ordered the suspension of the vehicle’s operator, saying the bus had not been properly inspected and “never should have been on Ecuadoran roads.” Survivors were rushed to hospitals in Quito and Santo Domingo province, while authorities said they were working to identify the fatalities.

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