LA PAZ – Eight people were killed and four others injured over the weekend in a head-on crash involving two taxis on a remote highway in Cochabamba, a province in central Bolivia, police said.
The accident occurred Saturday night between the towns of Cliza and Punata when the vehicles, which were speeding and overloaded, collided when one of them crossed into oncoming traffic, media outlets in Cochabamba reported.
The two taxi drivers, three provincial highway department employees and three other people were killed in the crash.
The injured were taken to a hospital in Cochabamba.
The government has been trying to reduce the number of traffic accidents in Bolivia.
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 and injure 40,000 others annually, according to International Automobile Federation figures, in this Andean nation. EFE