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Argentine Bus Crash Kills 41 Police Officers

A bus carrying police officers fell from a bridge near Argentina's northern city of Salta early Dec. 14, 2015. At least 41 were killed.

At least 41 Argentine police officers have been killed in a bus accident in the South American nation’s north.

Authorities say the crash happened early Monday while a convoy of three buses with gendarmes officers was traveling near Salta, a city about 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) north of Buenos Aires.

Angel Marinaro, civil defense director for the province, told local station TN that, for unknown reasons, the driver of one of the buses lost control as the convoy crossed a bridge. The vehicle flipped and fell off the bridge, landing about 20 meters (65 feet) below. Local television images show an overturned bus and rescue crews working the scene.

Authorities say the bus was carrying about 60 people. Survivors were being taken to a nearby hospital.