30 killed in Bolivia truck crash

July 9th, 2008 - 1:24 am ICT by IANS  

La Paz, July 8 (DPA) At least 30 people died Tuesday in a traffic accident near the southern Bolivian city of Potosi, 480 km south of La Paz, the police said. A truck carrying some 50 people fell down a 180-metre ravine, the Erbol radio network reported. Thirty passengers died and the remaining were severely injured, the radio said citing eyewitnesses.

The accident happened near the town of Yocalla, 51 km northeast of Bolivia’s mining city Potosi. The truck was taking people from Potosi to a rural place in the same province and crashed in an area where the winding road is flanked by 180-250-metre deep ravines.

The rescue was said to be difficult, and many bodies were mutilated.

For many extremely poor Bolivians, trucks are the only affordable transport.

There were no immediate reports of the cause of the accident.

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