LA PAZ – Five people were killed when a bus plunged into a river in the Yungas region of central Bolivia, authorities said Friday.
While five people were rescued alive, 22 other passengers remain missing.
The accident occurred around midnight Thursday near the town of Asunta, roughly 200 kilometers (120 miles) northeast of La Paz, regional police chief Raul Cruz told the official ABI news agency.
The bus was on its way from La Paz to Asunta, he said, acknowledging that the 22 missing passengers were likely “swept away by the river.”
Heavy rains in the area are hampering search efforts and may have contributed to the accident, ABI said.
A bus traveling from Arica, Chile, to La Paz collided Wednesday night with a truck parked on a Bolivian mountain road, resulting in 15 fatalities. EFE