Fifteen people died when a passenger bus crashed north of the Colombian capital, Bogota on Thursday (20 March).
GV: Bus crashed into embankment north of Colombian Capital Bogota
SV: Rear of bus over embankment
GV: Bus over embankment
GV INTERIOR Crashed bus.
GV: Damaged bus being pulled up the embankment
SV: Man standing up by front of damaged bus while it is being hauled up embankment
CU: Plastic bag containing small articles being tied up by man
SV: Bus being pulled out of embankment
SV: Damage at front of bus
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Background: Fifteen people died when a passenger bus crashed north of the Colombian capital, Bogota on Thursday (20 March). Eleven passengers died at the scene the others died later in hospital.
SYNOPSIS: The bus was carrying more than 40 people when it left the road and crashed into an embankment. As well as the dead, about 30 people were injured and had to be treated in hospital. A crane was later used to recover the wreckage of the bus.
Among the fifteen victims of the accident were officials of a local racetrack who were on their way to the course when the bus left the highway. Reports from the area say that the driver of the bus was arrested and is believed to have been charged with a speedy offence.
The tragedy comes at a time of crisis for the country as left-wing guerrillas continue to hold 30 hostages in the occupied Dominican Republic embassy in Bogota.