Official reports at least 30 dead in Guatemala bus crash

A rescue worker says at least 30 people died when a bus plunged into a deep canyon in northwest Guatemala Monday morning.

Volunteer firefighter Juan Pablo Ucla tells The Associated Press that the bus fell into a river at the bottom of the 600-foot (200-meter) canyon around 8:15 a.m. He says rescuers have pulled at least 40 injured people from the bus, and expect the death toll to grow.

The area around the municipality of San MartĂ­n Jilotepeque has mostly dirt roads that wind through steep mountains without guardrails or other safety measures.