LA PAZ – At least 13 people died and 26 were injured in a mudslide along a stretch of highway in central Bolivia’s Yungas region, police said Tuesday.
The incident occurred Monday afternoon some 200 kilometers (124 miles) from La Paz on the highway linking the capital with the city of Caranavi, highway patrol officer Julio Venegas told the state-run ABI news agency.
The mudslide buried a van and caused a bus to plunge into a ravine 40 meters (131 feet) deep in the sector known as Puente Leon.
Ten of the bus passengers and three in the van died, and 26 others in both vehicles were injured.
The bodies of the dead were transported to the morgue at the hospital in Caranavi, while some of the injured are being attended to there but others were taken to the nearby town of Coroico.
On average, road accidents in Bolivia result in about 1,000 deaths and 40,000 injuries per year, according to government figures. EFE