Sixteen Mexican farm hands were burned to death when a heavily loaded bus crashed into a tree and exploded near to Phoenix U.
Sixteen Mexican farm hands were burned to death when a heavily loaded bus crashed into a tree and exploded near to Phoenix U.S.A.
The bus - a converted truck with canvass sides and top - no windows - was engulfed by flames. For many of the 48 labourers, this was to be their last workday in the United States.
The sixteen dead had been asleep on the floor when the vehicle crashed. Trapped by debris they died. Thirty-two others were injured but they managed to reach safety through a single rear door.
The driver, who was only slightly injured, said he dozed at the wheel. Ironically he had planned to stop at a service station 100 yards ahead and turn over to his driving assistant.
Sixteen dead, 32 injured - an accident that might bring demands for stricter enforcement of safety regulations for transporting farm workers.