At least 39 migrants dead in bus crash in Panama
At least 39 migrants dead in bus crash in Panama

At least 39 migrants were killed and about 20 were injured early Wednesday when the bus they were riding in western Panama tumbled off a cliff, authorities said.

Officials did not immediately report nationalities, but the migrants had crossed the treacherous Darien Gap from Colombia. The Panamanian government typically moves migrants who have crossed the Darien to a camp near the Costa Rica border on the other side of Panama.

Samira Gozaine, director of Panama’s National Immigration Service, said it appeared the bus driver had passed the entrance to a shelter and when he tried to turn around to get back on the highway, the bus collided with another bus and went off the cliff.

The bus was carrying 66 migrants to the shelter.

It was the worst accident involving migrants in Panama in at least a decade. 

(With input from AP)

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