The terrible traffic accident in a group of 45 passengers and two crew members on National Route 7, near the town of Uspallata in the high mountains of Mendoza, shocks the country. Three people died, three of them children of ten and three years old, and several were injured.
While investigations continue to determine the causes of the tragic accident, the families of the victims and the passengers have no doubt and point to the driver of the microenterprise of the Chilean company Ahumada, Víctor Gómez Everyone agrees that the driver fell asleep and lost control of the collective.
In the last hours there was a moving dialogue between the driver and some relatives of the victims. "The driver approached and said to my brother, I'm sorry, I fell asleep.. He told him when I had my deceased nephew in his arms"Laura Arredondo, the aunt of Esteban Felipe, the 10-year-old boy who died in the crash, said Maritza Ramos Chana, 35, and three-year-old Mihe Calderón Ramos.
Another passenger supported the main hypothesis of the fatal accident. Jonathan Emanuel Santibañez Ruarte, who left unharmed from the gorge, described in his Facebook account, he wrote that they went to the cliff "by a driver who fell asleep"I still can not get my screams, tears and blood out of my mind," he said.
The first indications collected by the local police also syndicate the driver as the main responsible. The police chief, Roberto Munives, said that "the driver lost control of the collective and fell on the right side of the road to a ravine beside the Mendoza River." According to the first hypothesis, the driver of the patented DRZJ 33 bus would have lost control of the microphone when falling asleep.
The two drivers who took the bus were arrested in the city of Uspallata and have not yet been charged, judicial sources said.
The Chilean company issued a statement confirming the "unfortunate accident" of the bus, which left Santiago de Chile at 9:30 p.m., and assured that the crew, composed of two drivers, "kept their legal breaks."
In addition, the firm confirmed that the group carried 45 passengers of various nationalities: "19 Argentineans, one Bolivian, 15 Chileans, one Colombian, one Ecuadorian, four Peruvians, one Paraguayan, two Uruguayans and one Venezuelan."