Authorities in Mexico say that at least 32 people were killed in a bus crash on Sunday in the country’s southwestern state of Guerrero.
According to the Christian Post, the tragic accident occurred just before 1pm during heavy rains when a passenger bus carrying riders to a political rally flipped over on a wet road and fell 983 feet into a ravine.
The passenger vehicle’s brakes gave out causing the bus to skid off the road, the Post added.
A statement released by Guerrero’s undersecretary of state for civil defence, Constantino González Vargas, added that the bus was headed to the town of Buenavista de Cuellar, 83 miles from the capital of Chilpancingo del Bravo.
Mexico is in the midst of campaigning for presidential elections on July 1 and the passengers of the bus were on route to support the country’s Democratic Revolution Party.
In addition to the 32 individuals killed in the crash, at least 22 people were injured in the accident as well and seven people were considered to be in critical condition, according to Reuters.
Following the accident a spokesperson for the Democratic Revolution Party pleaded for the state government to work as quickly as possible to recover the bodies of the victims so that they could be returned to their families.