March 31, 2013 / 6:14 AM / 5 years ago

At least 12 killed in Mexican bus crash

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - At least 12 people died when a bus and a car collided in a mountainous part of the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz on Saturday evening, local emergency services said.

People stand near a covered body lying next to the wreckage of a passenger bus after it collided with a car near the town of Naolinco, in the western Mexican state of Veracruz March 30, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

The accident near the town of Naolinco sent the bus tumbling down a slope some 200-300 meters (650-1000 feet), and left at least 15 passengers injured, a local official said.

Emergency services believe there were 27 people travelling on board the bus, the official added.

The crash occurred at a bend in the road in foggy conditions, and preliminary evidence suggested the driver of the car that hit the bus fled the scene, he said.

Lethal traffic accidents are common on Mexican roads, claiming hundreds of lives a year. Last April at least 43 people were killed when a cargo truck hit a bus in Veracruz state.

(Reporting by Dave Graham; editing by Andrew Roche)

This story corrects the location of the state in paragraph one

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