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At least 19 dead, 17 hurt in Ecuador bus crash


Quito: At least 19 people died and 17 were injured when a school vehicle collided with a bus in southwestern Ecuador, the national security service said today.

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A source at the Integrated Security Service, or ECU-911, said the school vehicle “was not following a route,” so it carried no passengers during the accident yesterday.

The agency did not specify how many passengers were traveling on the interprovincial service bus. An off-road vehicle was also involved in the crash on the road between the southwestern coastal towns of Yaguachi and Milagro.

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Road accidents are one of the leading causes of death in Ecuador.