Bus Accident Kills Dozens in Guatemala

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The government of Guatemala declared three days of national mourning after a bus accident killed at least 44 people and injured dozens of others on Monday.

The Guatemala City-bound bus tumbled over 600 feet into a ravine after plunging off a cliff in a rural area.

While the cause of the accident is unknown, rescue workers said that conditions were dry and sunny, leading many to believe that the bus was overloaded. A fire department spokesperson told ABC News that approximately 90 people were aboard the bus. The bus had an official capacity of 54 passengers. 

Sergio Vasquez, a volunteer firefighter, told Yahoo! News that 38 people died at the scene, including six children and 12 women. Many of the passengers are believed to be vendors who were taking farm produce to the market. 

A similar accident in 2008 killed 53 people just southeast of Guatemala City. 

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