At least 19 people died and another 24 were injured when a bus fell into a ravine on a highway in the Bolivian region of Potosí, police reported.
The event occurred the day before, when the vehicle fell about a hundred meterss on a highway that connects the towns of Llallagua and San Pedro de Buena Vista, in the north of that Andean region, informed the National Director of Traffic of the Bolivian Police, Colonel Walter Miranda.
Investigate the causes
On the bus, it wasn’t registered at any transport companyMore than 40 people were traveling, Miranda said, quoted in a statement from the Bolivian Ministry of the Interior, on which the Police reports.
He speeding or a driver error are the possible causes of the event, which is under investigation by the Public Ministry and the Traffic office. The 24 injured receive care at the Llallagua hospital, while the Police continued this Monday with the work of identifying the dead.
The bus driver, who died in the accident, did not carry the driving license and it is investigated if he had a relief or assistant, says the statement. The section where the accident occurred is unpaved and has a single lane, so you must travel there with caution, the note adds.
Accidents have not been as frequent this year in Bolivia due to travel restrictions due to the pandemic of the COVID-19. Under normal circumstances, accidents on Bolivian roads cause around 1,400 deaths and 40,000 injuries each year, according to official data.