PHOENIX – A head-on collision involving two buses carrying workers at a gold mine killed 16 people and injured 14 others south of the US-Mexico border near Arizona.
The crash happened at 3:36 a.m. local time on Tuesday near the entrance to the Noche Buena mine, about a two-hour drive south of the Lukeville, Ariz., Port of entry, according to the office. of the Attorney General of Sonora.
The mine used the two buses to shuttle workers, she said in a press release. Footage from the crash site showed the two buses crashed head-on, obstructing the two-lane road.
All 16 passengers traveling in the smaller of the two buses died at the scene, while the 14 traveling in the larger bus were transported to Caborca in nearby Sonora, the attorney general’s office said.
Forensic staff were tasked with inspecting both buses following the crash. They identified those killed and injured. All those involved in the accident are from Mexico, they added.
Survivors of the crash were hospitalized with major bruises and fractures.
The Noche Buena gold mine is owned and operated by the Anglo-Mexican company Fresnillo plc. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
They have been operating the gold mine since 2012, according to the company’s website.
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