The bus carrying 71 people slammed into a ditch in central Mexico, killing at least 19 people and leaving dozens injured, officials said.
The victim had jumped out of the way to avoid a traffic accident along an accident blackspot, the transport secretary told local TV stations.
The bus was travelling in northern Mexico when it veered off the road and crashed at a highway intersection, the state prosecutors office said in a statement.
Hospitals in Hidalgo state were overwhelmed with people injured by the accident. It was not immediately clear if the other 19 fatalities were passengers or passengers’ relatives.
Dozens of people are in hospital and the death toll is expected to rise in the next few hours.
“In Mexico we are accustomed to deaths from road accidents because of high consumption of fuel and high road use, and because cars are getting more and more powerful,” explained Hector Arenas, a political scientist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
It’s the first bus accident since the start of 2019 in Mexico, which is seeing a record number of passenger vehicles on its roads.
The central city of Puebla has long been a hub for tourism due to its world-famous cathedral and ancient cathedral cathedral (Cathedral of Puebla).
First minister in Puebla José Luis Obregón, said local authorities offered to extend other resources and people to the affected areas of the state.
“The victims of this accident are very many, and we will be offering them every kind of help that we can,” he said.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has vowed to make Mexico safer and more efficient as a growing middle class cuts down on driving.