LA PAZ – Ten of the passengers on a bus that crashed in Bolivia are still missing after the vehicle plunged into a river last Thursday in the tropical region of Los Yungas in the Bolivian province of La Paz, a police official said Saturday.
Although some police authorities said on Friday that 18 people had died in the crash, the highway police officer investigating the accident, Gustavo Silva, told Efe that for now only seven bodies have been found, while another six people were injured.
According to Silva, the bus was headed from La Paz toward the town of La Asunta, located some 200 kilometers (124 miles) northeast of the city of La Paz, with 23 passengers on board at the time it plunged down a cliff and into a river 5 kilometers (3 miles) from its destination.
Police aided by local residents pulled the bus out of the river Friday, but 10 of the passengers are still missing.
Emergency services met with difficulties in finding the bodies because of heavy rains in the area.
This is the second serious traffic accident to occur in Bolivia this week, after the one Wednesday night when a vehicle of the Chilean company Pullman Bus crashed in the highlands against a parked truck.
Fifteen people died in that accident, almost all of them Chileans traveling to La Paz from the city of Arica.