Bus crash kills 12 in eastern Mexico

Veracruz, Mexico, Mar 31 (EFE).- At least 12 people were killed and 14 others injured when a bus plunged into a 100-meter (327-foot) ravine in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz, police said Sunday.

The accident happened Saturday night on a road in Naolinco, a city in the eastern state's mountains, when a pick-up truck veered out of its lane and collided with the Autotransporte Banderilla lines bus.

The area was covered with dense fog at the time of the accident, making visibility poor, police said.

Eight men and four women died in the accident, and the injured were taken to hospitals in Xalapa, the capital of Veracruz, where they are listed in critical but stable condition.

Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte expressed his condolences to the victims' families and said the state government would cover the funeral expenses.

Duarte visited the injured Sunday morning at the Special Medical Center and at Luis F. Nachon Hospital.