LA PAZ – At least eight people were killed and 37 others injured Tuesday when a bus overturned on a highway in western Bolivia, authorities said.
The vehicle flipped over at around 6:30 a.m. while en route to La Paz from the southern city of Tarija.
The accident happened near the village of Challapata, some 360 kilometers (224 miles) southeast of La Paz.
The fatalities include two women and an infant, authorities said.
Injured survivors were taken to the General Hospital in the Andean city of Oruro, a police source told state-run Patria Nueva radio.
Authorities said the bus driver was using an alternate route to avoid blockades set up by truckers demanding a reduction in taxes on the sector.
An average of 1,000 people are killed and 40,000 injured annually in accidents on Bolivia’s roadways.