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At least 9 dead and 34 injured in bus accident in Costa Rica

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SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica — At least nine people were killed and 34 injured when a passenger bus fell off a 250-foot (75-meter) cliff on the Inter-American Highway in Costa Rica. Authorities attributed the accident to a landslide caused by heavy rain.

The accident occurred Saturday in an area known as Cambronero, some 70 kilometers (45 miles) west of San José, on the highway that connects the Costa Rican capital with the Pacific coastal province of Puntarenas.

The Red Cross said the landslide pushed two vehicles into the bus, which skidded off the road.

Emergency teams were still working Sunday to recover four of the nine bodies, according to the judicial police.

The Costa Rican Red Cross said it had treated 34 wounded, six with minor injuries. A total of 28 people, at least three of them in serious condition, had been taken to hospitals. Two people remained missing.

The bus covered a passenger route between San José and the province of Santa Cruz de Guanacaste, in the northwest of the country.

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