Police officers and rescue team members search for survivors after a bus plunged 300 metres into a ravine in Pillaro-Ambato, Dec 26, 2012. — Photo by Reuters

QUITO: Police said a bus lost its brakes, flipped over and tumbled down an embankment in Ecuador, killing at least 13 people and injuring another 37.    

Police chief Gustavo Teran said Wednesday's accident took place in Tungurahua province.

Teran said speeding may have contributed to the accident.

Traffic accidents are the second leading cause of death in Ecuador, according to the government.

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