LA PAZ – Five people were killed and more than 30 others injured when a bus collided with a cargo truck in the eastern Bolivian province of Santa Cruz, officials said.
The accident occurred Wednesday on the highway that links the city of Santa Cruz, the provincial capital, to the town of Camiri, prosecutor Olga Chavez told Erbol radio.
The vehicles collided near the town of Tararenda, located some 150 kilometers (93 miles) from Santa Cruz, the prosecutor said.
The preliminary investigation concluded that the truck driver swerved into oncoming traffic, hitting the bus, which was carrying 40 passengers, Chavez said.
The bus driver was detained so he could give prosecutors a statement.
Some of the injured were taken to a private clinic in Santa Cruz, while the bodies of the dead were sent to the morgue at Santa Cruz’s San Juan de Dios Hospital, the El Deber newspaper reported on its Web site.
President Evo Morales’s administration enacted a law in January that cracked down on bus drivers caught working drunk, inexperienced drivers and drivers who work excessive hours.
The measure’s goal is to reduce accidents, which kill an average of 1,000 people annually in this Andean nation. EFE