At least 9 dead, 34 injured in a bus crash in Costa Rica

At least nine are killed and 55 injured after a bus plunged 250ft off a cliff in Costa Rica during landslide

  • Authorities Sunday attributed the accident to a landslide caused by heavy rain
  • The accident on Saturday was in Cambronero area, 45 miles west of San Jose
  • The Red Cross said the landslide pushed two vehicles into the bus, which fell
  • Emergency teams were still working Sunday to recover four of the nine bodies

At least nine people have been killed and 55 injured after a passenger bus fell off a 250ft cliff on the Inter-American Highway in Costa Rica.

Authorities attributed the accident to a landslide caused by heavy rain.

The accident occurred Saturday in an area known as Cambronero, some 45 miles west of San Jose, on the route that connects the Costa Rican capital to the Pacific coastal province of Puntarenas.

The Red Cross said the landslide pushed two vehicles into the bus, which plunged off the road.

Emergency teams were still working Sunday to recover four of the nine bodies, according to the judicial police.

The Costa Rican Red Cross said it had attended to 55 injured, six with minor wounds.

At least nine people have been killed and 55 injured after a passenger bus fell off a 250ft cliff on the Inter-American Highway in Costa Rica

Authorities attributed the accident to a landslide caused by heavy rain

The accident occurred Saturday in an area known as Cambronero, some 45 miles west of San Jose, on the route that connects the Costa Rican capital to the Pacific coastal province of Puntarenas

The Red Cross said the landslide pushed two vehicles into the bus, which plunged off the road

A total of 28 people, at least three of them in serious condition, had been transported to hospitals. Two people remained missing.

‘This situation in which many families lose their belongings is really sad and worrying,’ said Costa Rica President Rodrigo Chaves, who decreed on Sunday a three-day mourning.

The bus covered a passenger route between San Jose and the province of Santa Cruz de Guanacaste, in the northwest of the country.

Emergency teams were still working Sunday to recover four of the nine bodies, according to the judicial police

The Costa Rican Red Cross said it had attended to 55 injured, six with minor wounds

A total of 28 people, at least three of them in serious condition, had been transported to hospitals. Two people remained missing

Heavy rains across the country caused a landslide on the Cambronero route, in the west of the country.

Hundreds of families had to be evacuated due to the severe damage caused by the heavy rains.

Intense rains are expected to continue in coastal areas, the National Meteorological Institute said on Twitter on Sunday. 

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