Tragic Weekend in Bolivia as 35 Killed in Two Bus Accidents
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Two tragic bus accidents occurred this weekend in Bolivian cities of Oruro, and Tarija that left at least 35 people dead and 63 others injured.
The firs accident happened Saturday in which two buses collided into each other on the road to Challapata, killing at least 22 people and injuring 37 others.
A police report said that the accident was due to excessive speed and one of the buses may have driven into the oncoming lane, according to NBC News.
The other incident where 13 more people were killed and another 26 injured took place the next day in southern Bolivia after a bus rolled over on a mountain road before tumbling over some 100 meters into a ravine, according to authorities.
Local media said four of the dead were part of a football delegation from Argentina that was in Bolivia to participate in a festival in the Sucre region, Al-Jazeera reported.
Deadly bus accidents are common in Bolivia's highlands where narrow highways sometimes wind through mountain ranges near steep precipices.