Bus collision in Bolivia leaves at least 22 dead, 37 injured

Bus collision in Bolivia leaves at least 22 dead, 37 injured
Firefighters and police help a victim of a crash of two buses on the outskirts of Challapata, Bolivia, on Jan. 19, 2019. Copyright Bolivian Police of Oruro
By The Associated Press with NBC News World News
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A police report said that the accident was due to excessive speed and one of the buses may have driven into the oncoming lane.

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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 kilometers 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."

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

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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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