Eighteen people died and twenty-five were injured in an accident on Monday morning in the La Paz - Los Yungas Road, Bolivia; this road is known by the local people as "the highway of death".
The tragedy occurred on Monday 21, about 6:00 AM, when a bus belonging to the “Trans San Bartolomé” intercity service carrying 48 passengers fell into a 300-meter-deep ravine. The bus was traveling from the town of Chulumani to La Paz, Bolivia’s capital city. Shortly after passing through the village of Pijchu, the driver missed completing a sharp turn of the precarious dirt road, lost control of the vehicle, and fell down a steep ravine into the Unduavi River. According to witnesses several bodies were dragged by the current down the river.
Section of Los Yungas road, an 80 km single lane path that connects Bolivia's capital La Paz with the Bolivian Amazon region.
So far, the bodies of 18 people have been retrieved from the ravine and the Unduavi River. Twenty five people were rescued with injuries of varying degrees, reports Eldía (in Spanish).
The route between La Paz and the various towns along the tourist area of Los Yungas has an initial section of 80 km, which has been paved and improved, but most of the dangerous road remains under-developed, it is very narrow and has long stretches of winding trail on the edge of cliffs.
According to local media, citing police reports, the cause of the accident has been attributed to a combination of soft terrain caused by recent rains and exhaustion of the bus driver.
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