SAN MARTIN JILOTEPEQUE, Guatemala -- An overcrowded bus plunged into a deep river canyon in northwestern Guatemala on Monday, killing at least 44 people commuting to the capital, officials said.
Grieving families gathered outside a recreation center near the accident site where authorities set up an improvised morgue to identify the bodies of the passengers, including children and at least three babies.
The spokesman for the volunteer fire department, Mario Cruz, said 46 people were taken to regional hospitals for treatment of injuries.
The fire department spokesman said approximately 90 people were aboard the Guatemala City-bound bus, which had an official capacity of 54 passengers.
The bus driver, Yony Cumar Cana, died in the accident.
The bus ended up in the river at the bottom of the 600-foot deep canyon around 8:15 a.m., apparently after the driver lost control on a curve. Twisted metal from the bus was scattered in the ravine.