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Ecuador: 12 Fans of Barcelona Soccer Club Die in Bus Accident

  • The cause of the bus incident remains unclear as the bus was cleared as in good condition in February this year.

    The cause of the bus incident remains unclear as the bus was cleared as in good condition in February this year. | Photo: Social Media

Published 13 August 2018
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Officials have yet to release full details of the accident as investigations remain underway. 

At least 12 fans of the soccer club of Ecuador, Barcelona, died while 30 others were injured, in a traffic accident that occurred when they were traveling on a bus from the southern city of Cuenca where their team drew 1-1 against the local team.

So far the details of the incident are not clear according to news reports and authorities have only indicated that the vehicle capsized at kilometer 57 of a road linking Cuenca and the town of Molleturo.

Preliminary information indicated that it was "an overturning of the vehicle", which caused a dozen deaths, according to the latest statement from the Ecuadorian Traffic Commission (CTE).

Medical personnel were dispatched to the scene to treat those injured at the scene before moving them to a hospital. At least 23 of the injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals in Cuenca.

The CTE’s statement said the bus "has its registration to date" and that "the review" that proves its good condition "took place in February of this year."

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