January 19, 2019 2:47 pm
Updated: January 19, 2019 3:02 pm

Bolivia bus crash leaves 22 dead, 37 injured

The accident occured on the road to Challapata, the location of which is seen in this Google Earth image.

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LA PAZ, Bolivia – Police in Bolivia say a head-on highway collision between two buses has killed at least 22 people and injured 37 others.

The accident occurred Saturday on the road to Challapata, a town about 250 kilometres (155 miles) from the main city of La Paz.

Col. Freddy Betancur, commander of the police in the central Oruro region, told The Associated Press: “There are seriously injured who have been transferred to the nearest hospitals.”

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Challapata Mayor Martin Feliciano told the AP that the death toll may rise.

A police report said that the accident was due to excessive speed and one of the buses may have driven into the oncoming lane.

Deadly bus accidents are common in Bolivia’s highlands where narrow highways sometimes wind through mountain ranges near steep precipices.

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