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A bus skidded off the road on Friday in the western Mexican state of Nayarit, killing at least 26 and injuring at least 29 others, officials said.

The bus was carrying a group headed to the beach in the village of Rincon de Guayabitos when the predawn crash occurred, Omar Landazuri, a duty officer for the Nayarit State Civil Protection Service, told AFP.

The preliminary investigation shows the bus driver, who was among the dead, was unfamiliar with the highway and appeared to be traveling too fast, Escobedo said. He also said rain overnight and a road slick may have been a factor, making it difficult for the driver to brake.

“Possibly the brakes didn’t work or maybe the driver fell asleep,” said Landazuri.

Injured survivors were taken to three hospitals in Tepic, the capital of Nayarit.

Bus crashes are common in Latin America, where roads can be poor. Around 24,000 people die from road accidents in Mexico each year, according to insurance companies.