LA PAZ – At least seven people died and one was injured Thursday when two trucks collided on the highway linking the Bolivian provinces of Oruro and La Paz, police said.
The accident took place 15 km (9 mi.) from the town of Caracollo, in Oruro, when a Volvo cargo truck transporting wood hit a Toyota truck head-on, the head of the Traffic Accidents Division, Juan Carlos Rebollo, said, as reported by the official ABI news agency.
Four men and a woman died at the scene, along with two other people whose identities have not been confirmed.
According to the police report, the 33-year-old driver of the cargo truck tested positive in a blood-alcohol exam performed after the crash.
Bolivian highway accidents kill an average of 1,000 people and injured 40,000 per year, according to official figures.