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25 killed in Mexico when bus plummets off embankment

By the CNN Wire Staff
June 25, 2012 -- Updated 0942 GMT (1742 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • More than 20 others are injured
  • The bus' brakes apparently failed

Mexico City (CNN) -- At least 25 people were killed and more than 20 injured Sunday when a bus ran off a freeway and fell down an embankment in Guerrero state, Mexico, authorities said.

Nine of the dead were children.

The crash occurred just before 1 p.m. when the bus' brakes apparently failed while it was traveling over a steep incline, Guerrero state officials said. The bus plummeted 300 meters (983 feet) down the embankment.

The local government expressed condolences to the victims' families and pledged its support.

CNN's Catherine E. Shoichet and Kevin Gallagher contributed to this report.

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