LA PAZ – Nine people were killed and 35 others injured Thursday in three traffic accidents in the Bolivia’s Andean region, the highway patrol said.
A 24 de Agosto lines bus that had left from Los Yungas went off a highway 35 kilometers (about 22 miles) from La Paz and plunged into a ravine, killing three adults and a 2-year-old boy, and injuring 33 other people.
Three people were killed and two others injured when a Relampago company bus flipped over while trying to avoid hitting a truck that had entered its lane near the town of Sica Sica.
Two vehicles collided on a rural road in La Paz province, near the town of Ayo Ayo, killing two passengers, the highway patrol said.
The government has been trying to reduce the number of traffic accidents in Bolivia.
President Evo Morales’s administration enacted a law in January 2010 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