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Deadly bus crash in Costa Rica leaves 9 dead and 55 injured

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(SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA) — A landslide attributed to heavy rains caused a bus and two other vehicles to fall into a 75-meter ravine in a mountain pass, leaving 9 people dead and 55 injured, according to authorities.

The landslide occurred Saturday night on the Cambronero route, 45 miles west from the capital San Jose in Costa Rica.

55 people were rescued from the ravine and transported to a medical facility for treatment. Deputies and firefighters worked through Sunday to retrieve bodies, according to reports.

Hundreds were evacuated as torrential rain continued to inflict destruction throughout Costa Rica, said the National Meteorological Institute.

Costa Rica President Rodrigo Chaves issued a three-day mourning on Sunday. “This situation in which many families lose their belongings is really sad and worrying,” Chaves stated.