A Colombian radio station is reporting that the driver of the bus that crashed Tuesday morning, killing 23 and injuring 22, had a fake driver’s license. The 28-year-old driver, identified as Cristian Andrés P., was treated and released for injuries suffered in the accident near Papallacta and is currently being detained, according to Ecuadorian transit police.
According to Blu Radio, the license found among the driver’s belongings was not on record with the Cali, Colombia transportation authority, where it was purportedly issued. The director of the authority confirmed that the license had been forged. According the date on the license, it was issues last month.
In addition to the fake license, the radio station reported that Cristian Andrés P. has an unpaid traffic fine of $328 for providing illegal transportation services in Cali.
Responsibility for the accident remains under investigation although it involved a collision between the bus and an SUV.
In addition to the accident scene investigation, an inquiry is underway to determine how the Colombia bus was allowed to enter Ecuador. According to police, the bus was not registered to operate in Ecuador and was missing its back license plate. Bribery is suspected. On Wednesday, President Lenin Moreno ordered the firing of those responsible for allowing the bus to cross the border.