Victims of bus fire demand justice

A total of 18 people died in the fire.


The survivors of the La Cresta bus fire that killed 18 people have felt forgotten 10 years after the tragic incident.

Ligia Atencio, one of the victims, said they feel abandoned by the justice system and the state. She still needs treatment for lung problems caused by the fire.

Another victim, Luis Contreras, said that: "After 10 years we feel bad and sad with the injustice that was done to us. The state system of public transport still has not improved."

Edgar Escartín, who lost three family members in the fire, said that he hopes they did not die in vain.

There were 45 people on the bus when it caught fire exactly 10 years ago today. The emergency exit of the bus was blocked, meaning people could not escape the fire.

"It was literally hell," said Atencio, who was badly burned in the fire.

Atencio has little memory of escaping the flames.

"I don't know how I got out," she said.

But she knows that her feeling on injustice continues.

"Panamanians tend to forget these things, but I won't," she said. "I don't want to see another incident like it."



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