Phoenix – A Head-on collision Two buses carrying workers in the gold mine were involved, killing 16 people and injuring 14 people south of the US-Mexico border near Arizona.
According to the Attorney General’s office, the crash occurred on Tuesday at 3:36 am local time near the entrance to the Nochebuena mine, about a two-hour drive south of the port entrance in Lukeville, Arizona.
The mine used two buses to shuttle workers, he said in a news release. Images of the crash site showed that two buses crashed head-on, obstructing a two-lane road.
All 16 passengers on the smaller of the two buses died on the scene. According to the Attorney General’s office, 14 people traveling by larger bus were taken to Caborca near Sonora.
Forensic staff were tasked with inspecting the two buses after the crash. They identified casualties. They added that everyone involved in the crash was from Mexico.
The crashed survivor was hospitalized with a major bruise and fracture.
The Noche Buena Gold Mine is owned and operated by the British and Mexican company Fresnilloplc. The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
According to the company’s website, it has been operating a gold mine since 2012.
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This article was originally published in The Arizona Republic: Bus crashes near US-Mexico border in southern Arizona, killing 16 people