The bus driver who went up in Mendoza on Sunday morning while traveling on Route 7 had, according to eyewitness accounts, a brief dialogue with the father of a 10-year-old boy who died in the accident.
In the tragic episode, which occurred near 6 am, four kilometers from the city of Uspallata, two minors and one woman died and there were almost 20 wounded which had to be transferred to different hospitals in Greater Mendoza.
One of three fatal cases is Esteban Felipe, a 10-year-old boy who was traveling with his 12-year-old brother, hospitalized at the Humberto Notti pediatric hospital in Guaymallén, with mild polytrauma.
The other fatalities are Maritza Ramos Chana, a Peruvian woman of 35 years and Mihe Calderón Ramos, a Chilean girl of 3. The main hypothesis that was treated from the beginning is that the driver fell asleep and lost control of the vehicle. .
"The driver approached and said to my brother," Sorry, I fell asleep. "He told him when my nephew had died in his arms.", said Laura Arredondo, Esteban's aunt, about the confession that Victor Gómez would have made, which was unharmed and will remain delayed until the reasons for the fact are clarified.
The group, which belongs to the company Ahumada, had left Chile on Saturday night and was traveling with 45 passengers on board to the city of Mendoza, when it was confused at Km 1157, route 7, in an area known as Cabo. White, and fell into a ravine 10 meters deep.
Jonathan Emanuel Santibañez Ruarte, a passenger who traveled in the vehicle but did not suffer serious injuries, wrote a message in his networks against Gómez: "For a driver who fell asleep we went to the cliff, I still can not get out of the head the screams, the screams and the blood."
After the driver's statements transcended, the transportation company said that he and the other driver who accompanied him "kept their legal breaks."
In addition, as the collective traveled passengers of different nationalities (19 Argentines, 15 Chileans, 4 Peruvians, 2 Uruguayans, a Bolivian, a Paraguayan, a Colombian, an Ecuadorian and a Venezuelan) the company indicated that it is "working together Ministry of Foreign Relations of our country and the Consulate of Chile in Mendoza, in order to provide assistance for the transfer of passengers and their families. "