43 people dead after bus carrying border guards crashed off bridge and down ravine

43 people have died and eight are injured after a police bus crashed off a bridge and down a ravine in Argentina, officials have said.

The bus was reportedly carrying Argentine border patrol officers when it crashed in the northern province of Salta early on Monday, after one of its tires blew out.

Authorities said the crash happened while a convoy of three buses with gendarmes officers was traveling near Salta city, around 932 miles north of Buenos Aires.

"It appears that one of the tires of the bus blew out,unfortunately just a few meters ahead of the bridge. It went over the guardrail," Argentine security chief Patricia Bullrich told reporters.

43 people died in the crash, according to officials. Credit: Reuters/Salta Police

The Governor of Salta, Juan Manuel Urtubey told reporters at the scene: "Forty three gendarmes lost their lives here today. Eight more were injured, one critically," adding, "We are still working torecover bodies from inside the bus."

The vehicle flipped and fell off the bridge, landing about 65 feet below.

Local television images show an overturned bus and rescue crews working the scene.

Emergency services at the scene. Credit: Reuters/Salta Police