LA PAZ – At least eight people were killed and 16 others injured, including six minors, when a bus collided with a truck on a road between this capital and the southwestern Andean city of Oruro, officials said.
Poor visibility was the apparent cause of Wednesday’s crash, which occurred some 200 kilometers (125 miles) from La Paz when the bus carrying 36 passengers collided with a construction company’s truck, the head of the Oruro traffic accidents division, Col. Juvenal Ossio, said.
“It was a traffic collision between a bus and a truck providing services for the company building a double lane on that road. We’ve attended to numerous people injured (and recovered the dead bodies),” Ossio said.
The police chief added that two people are in serious condition at a hospital in Oruro.
Early this year, President Evo Morales’ government stiffened the penalties for drivers and transportation companies involved in traffic accidents, including lifetime driver’s license suspensions for DUI offenders.
According to the FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society, accidents on Bolivian roads leave 1,000 people dead and 40,000 injured every year. EFE