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The collision between two buses carrying gold miners killed 16 and injured 14 more south of the Arizona-Mexico border.

The crash occurred at 3:36 p.m. Tuesday, near the entrance to the Noche Buena mine, a two-hour drive south of the port of Lukeville along Federal Highway 2, according to Sonora’s Attorney General’s Office.

The mine used two buses to transport workers, according to a press release. Scene footage shows two buses colliding, blocking a two-lane road.

The attorney general’s office said a total of 16 passengers traveling on two smaller buses died at the scene, while 14 of those traveling on a large bus were transported to nearby Caborca, the attorney general’s office. say

Forensic officers were tasked with examining two buses that were caused by the crash. They identified the dead and injured. Everyone involved in the race is from Mexico, they added.

The survivors of the accident were hospitalized with bruises and fractures.

The Noche Buena gold mine is owned and operated by British-Mexican company Fresnillo plc.The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

They have operated gold mining since 2012, according to the company’s website.

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