22 Dead, 37 injured in head-on bus crash in Bolivia


View of the aftermath of a head-on crash of two buses on the highway between the Bolivian regions of Oruro and Potosi on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in which at least 22 people died and another 37 were injured. EFE-EPA/Oruro Provincial Police

LA PAZ.- At least 22 people died and another 37 were injured Saturday in a head-on crash of two buses on the highway between the Bolivian regions of Oruro and Potosi, a police source said.

The accident occurred before dawn Saturday near the Oruro town of Challapata, the provincial director of the Oruro Transit Unit, Col. Jose Lazo, told the media.

«As a result of this accident, 22 people have died and the 37 who were injured have been taken to hospitals in Challapata and Oruro city,» Lazo said.

The buses involved in the accident belong to the interprovincial transportation companies Imperial and Trans Azul, local media reported.

The crash is presumed to have occurred «when one of the vehicles changed lanes,» and because of the rainfall in the sector at the time of the accident, Lazo said.

The injured were taken in ambulances of the Fire Department, the Special Rescue, Salvage and Assistance Brigade (Bersa) and the Oruro Provincial Police Command, he said.

«The case has been forwarded to the Public Prosecutor’s Office and is in the process of investigation,» the official said.

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