LA PAZ – At least two people were killed when a vehicle crashed into a pipeline in the central Bolivian province of Cochabamba, police said on Sunday.
The accident occurred Saturday night on the highway that links the cities of Chimore and Villa Tunari when the vehicle crashed into the Carrasco-Cochabamba pipeline, starting a fire that has been brought under control, state-owned oil company YPFB said.
The burned bodies of at least two people were found inside the vehicle and investigators are trying to determine whether the remains of a third person are in the wreckage, the highway patrol commander in the tropical region of Cochabamba, Daniel Merida, told state radio.
The crash damaged the pipeline and a fuel spill was contained in the hours after the accident, YPFB said in a statement.
The accident “will not affect the normal and continuous supply of fuel” since the pipeline, which transports oil to the refinery in Cochabamba, will be back in operation “within a maximum of 48 hours,” YPFB said.