LA PAZ – Ten people died and 82 were injured early Saturday in eastern Bolivia as a result of a head-on bus collision, in which one of the vehicles was headed for Argentina, a police chief in the eastern province of Santa Cruz said.
The buses of the Potosi Buses and Copacabana companies crashed close to 1:00 a.m local time (0400 GMT) at some 8 kilometers (5 miles) south of the Santa Cruz town of Camiri, the police chief of that town, Col. Ramiro Vega, said.
According to Vega, the vehicle belonging to Potosi Buses was on its way from Santa Cruz to the Bolivian border town of Yacuiba and from there into Argentina. The Copacabana bus was returning from the border to the city of Santa Cruz, capital of the like-named province.
Most of the fatalities – seven men and three women – have still not been identified since they were found without their documents at the scene of the accident.
Among the 82 injured were seven in serious condition, of whom three are now in a Santa Cruz hospital, while the other four were to be taken to that city in a light plane, the police chief said.
This was the sixth serious highway accident in Bolivia this month, in which a total of 75 people have been killed.
In one case, the interior minister decided to sanction the company involved with a general suspension of its services, because the driver was drunk and without the requisite driver’s license.