At least 19 dead after bus turns over in Argentinean Andes

Turbus confirmed the crash on Route 7 but gave no casualty figures and said it did not know why the bus turned over.

A view of the bus that overturned, leaving at least 19 of the 40 passengers dead and more than 20 injured, near the town of Uspallata in the western Argentine province of Mendoza on its way to Chile, early in the morning of February 18, 2017. Picture: AFP.

BUENOS AIRES - A bus travelling to Chile flipped over in Argentina's Mendoza province early on Saturday, killing at least 19 people on a remote mountain road in the Andes, local authorities said.

Turbus, the Chilean company operating the vehicle, confirmed the crash on Route 7 in the Aconcagua park in a statement. It gave no casualty figures and said it did not know why the bus turned over.

A civil defence spokesman in Mendoza said there were 19 confirmed deaths.

The bus had 40 passengers of whom 32 were Argentineans, including three children, Turbus said. The company said it was working to find out the identities of the victims.