5 Britons die in Ecuador bus crash

15 other people were injured
April 13, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A bus crash in Ecuador has killed five British citizens and injured 15 other people, Britain's Foreign Office said Sunday. A Foreign Office spokesman said the crash happened between the capital, Quito, and the city of Puerto Lopez on Saturday evening. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.

The office said 12 Britons, two Ecuadorian nationals and a French citizen were injured. A Foreign Office spokeswoman said the Britons' injuries were non-life threatening.

Staff from the British Embassy in Quito were working with a tour company to inform the passengers' relatives.

The office could not say whether the passengers were tourists and that it would not release the name of the tour company until all the next of kin were notified.