Bus accident kills 5, injures 21 in Bolivia

11:32, July 10, 2010      

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At least five people died and 21 others were injured when a bus fell into a cliff of 20-meter depth on Friday in Challamyu town, Bolivia, the Police said.

The bus from the Illimani company left on Thursday night from La Paz to the city of Potosi. It had the accident just 70 kilometers far from Potosi, capital of Potosi department.

The accident occurred at 2:30 a.m. local time (0630 GMT) and the company said it will cover the hospital expenses of the injured, as it has an insurance for accidents.

The injured were taken to Daniel Bracamonte Hospital and the Health Center of Potosi city.

According to the preliminary reports, the accident was due to speeding.

Last month, at least 50 people have died in traffic accidents in the country, mainly in the west of the country.

The Bolivian government enforced in February a series of preventive measures, such as suspending the driving license to the people driving after drinking alcohol, to curb road accident.

Source: Xinhua


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