At least 41 police officers dead after bus crash in northern Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- At least 41 police officers were killed Monday when a bus in a convoy in northern Argentina went off the side of a bridge and fell 65 feet (20 metres).

See Full Article

The bus was one of three carrying police near Salta, a city about 1,500 kilometres north of Buenos Aires.

"For reasons that are still unknown, the bus lost control while entering the bridge and fell into the creek bed below," said a statement issued by the National Gendarmerie, a special police force typically charged with patrolling frontier regions.

Local television images showed rescue crews working around the overturned bus, which authorities said was carrying around 60 people.

Gustavo Diaz, head of a group of volunteer firefighters in the area, told Argentine state agency Telam that 20 police were severely injured and were being treated in area hospitals.

The group was heading to the province of Jujuy, the country's most northern region that borders Bolivia.

Roads in Argentina, a large country with a land mass about four times the U.S. state of Texas, are poorly maintained in many rural areas.

The government announced that Security Minister Patricia Bullrich and National Gendarmerie director Omar Ariel Kannemann were travelling to the scene.

The crash comes as President Mauricio Macri begins his first full week in office. He issued a statement offering condolences to the families of the victims.

"It's for this reason that we need to improve the roads so that this doesn't keep happening," the statement read.


Latest Canada & World News

  • Peru's congress ready to replace scandal-tainted president

    World News CTV News
    LIMA, Peru -- Peru's congress is expected to vote Friday to accept President Pedro Pablo Kuczysnki's resignation and swear in as his replacement a politician who the vast majority of voters never even heard of until recently. Source
  • Condo fire in southern Vietnam kills at least 13

    World News CBC News
    A fire at a condominium complex in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City early Friday morning killed at least 13 people and injured another 27, police said. State media said most people died of suffocation or jumping from high floors. Source
  • Former Playboy model says Trump tried to pay her after sex

    World News CBC News
    A former Playboy model apologized to Melania Trump for a 10-month affair she claims she had with U.S. President Donald Trump that started with him offering her money after the first time they had sex. During an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper that aired Thursday night, Karen McDougal said Trump tried to pay her after their first sexual tryst at a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2006. Source
  • Family finally learns fate of Canadian shot down over Germany in 1944

    Canada News CTV News
    More than 73 years after 23 Allied soldiers and airmen perished when the transport plane they were flying in was shot down over Nazi Germany, one of their families finally has answers about their grandfather’s last day during the war. Source
  • Gone extinct: Animatronic T-Rex bursts into flames

    World News CTV News
    CANON CITY, Colo. -- The co-owner of a dinosaur-themed park in southern Colorado thinks an electrical malfunction caused a life-size animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex to burst into flames. Zach Reynolds says the T-Rex at the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience smouldered for about 10 minutes before it caught fire Thursday morning. Source
  • First Nations face dozens of boil water advisories on World Water Day

    Canada News CTV News
    The United Nations marked World Water Day by highlighting a troubling statistic: 40 per cent of the global population faces water scarcity, with more than 2 billion people living without safe access to fresh water. Source
  • School shooting victim 'brain dead,' life support ending

    World News CTV News
    A teenage girl who was shot when a classmate opened fire inside their Maryland high school is brain dead and is being removed from life support, her mother said Thursday. Melissa Willey told news reporters Thursday night that her daughter, 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey has "no life left in her. Source
  • Bolton may push rightward shift in Trump's foreign policy

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump's incoming national security adviser -- and his third to date -- is a divisive foreign policy figure who was an unabashed supporter of the Iraq war and advocates regime change in Iran. Source
  • China says it may hike tariffs on U.S. pork, other goods

    World News CBC News
    China has announced a list of U.S. goods including pork and aluminum pipe it says may be hit by higher tariffs in response to President Donald Trump's higher import duties on steel and aluminum. The Commerce Ministry on Friday called on Washington to reach a negotiated settlement of the dispute "as soon as possible" but gave no deadline. Source
  • B.C. man who ran airborne drug-smuggling ring pleads guilty in U.S. court

    Canada News CTV News
    SEATTLE -- A Canadian man who ran a helicopter-based drug-smuggling ring years before Washington state legalized marijuana pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge Thursday, after fighting his extradition to the U.S. for much of the past decade. Source