Bus carrying migrants in Panama crashes leaving 39 dead

39 migrants lost their lives in a bus crash in Panama after crossing Darién Gap. The bus was carrying families trying to get to the US rolled down a cliff in Gualaca, when the driver lost control.

The Guardian reports that At least 39 migrants lost their lives. Among them were families, children, newborns and elderly women. 

“We are in a disaster situation,” Dr Katherine Guerra, the emergency department chief at a hospital in the city of David, told reporters as survivors were rushed there with exposed fractures and severe abdominal injuries.

Panama’s president, Nito Cortizo, said government teams were working “arduously” to help survivors. 

The names and nationalities of those killed were not immediately clear but Gualaca’s mayor, Luis Manuel Etribí Miranda, told reporters he believed most were from Haiti.

SOURCE: The Guardian