A speeding bus carrying 45 passengers crashed into the Atoyac River on Sunday morning in the state of Veracruz, Mexico.
A mix of amateur soccer players, their relatives, and fans were inside the vehicle when the accident happened. The bus was on its way to a game in the city of Cordoba.
The driver was reportedly traveling at an excessive speed and lost control when the vehicle hit a speed bump. The bus hit the guardrail and plunged 30 meters into the river, landing upside down.
Yolanda Gutierrez Carlin, Veracruz state secretary of civil protection, confirmed that 20 people were killed while 25 were injured. Local police immediately reached the scene together with rescue workers from Red Cross and the state’s Civil Protection and Public Safety department.
The injured were taken to the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) and regional hospitals in Cordoba.
It is unclear if the driver has survived.
Governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, said that the road was in good condition. He also expressed his condolences to the families and friends of the deceased. He visited those who survived in the hospital.
“I am with the families of those injured in this unfortunate accident. They have my full support and backing,” he tweeted.
Estoy con las familias de los lesionados en el puente de Atoyac. Cuentan con todo mi apoyo y respaldo. pic.twitter.com/Cu2k67jJmv
— Javier Duarte (@Javier_Duarte) January 11, 2016
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto also gave his condolences and wished a speedy recovery for those wounded.