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The owner of the bus that caught fire, claiming the lives of 33 people in northern Colombia, has had an arrest warrant put on him and is currently being sought by authorities, reported Colombian daily, El Espectador.

Alfredo Cruz Esqueda, the owner of the bus which tragically burnt and left 33 people, the majority children, dead last week in the village of Fundacion, Magdalena, is being sought by authorities after a judge from Aracataca issued an arrest warrant.

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According to the investigative body, the man is a fugitive due to the fact that it has been a week since he was called by the justice system to give explanations as to why the vehicle was allowed on the road when it was clear that it did not have the permits and had experienced technical failures.

“Since Sunday members of the Technical Investigation Corps (CTI) and the national police have been looking for Alfredo in different sites which we know he lived in or frequents,” said the Director of the Public Prosecution branch, Luis Gonzalez.

Also on Tuesday, residents from the Caribbean city of Santa Marta took to the streets to show their support to the families of the 33 people who perished in the tragic bus fire.

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A collective funeral for the 33 innocents lost in the tragedy will be held in Fundacion on Wednesday after officials release the remains back to their families.


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