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A bus carrying scores of passengers plunged down a steep cliff in western Guatemala on Monday, killing at least 43 people and injuring 40 others, firefighters said.
Cecilio Chacaj, a fire department spokesman, said the bus fell 230 feet to the ground after careening off the road in the municipality of San Martin Jilotepeque, 40 miles west of the capital, Guatemala City.
Local residents who rushed to the scene of the crash volunteered to help rescuers pull victims stuck in the wreckage, Chacaj said.
"Forty people were confirmed dead at the site of the accident and three more at the hospital," Chacaj told reporters.
Some victims were taken to hospitals in Guatemala City while others were treated at local hospitals.
The bus had left from the western province of Chimaltenango on its way to San Martin Jilotepeque.