18 killed in Venezuelan bus accident


Police have confirmed no fewer than 18 people killed in a bus accident which happened in a rural area of western Venezuela on Sunday.

“Fourteen deaths were reported at the scene of the accident, 33 injured were transferred to the hospital in Villa del Rosario, where four of them died,” police said in a report seen by AFP.

The accident occurred in a rural area of Zulia state which borders Colombia. Eyewitnesses say the bus was carrying 58 passengers.

According to a preliminary investigation, a tire burst while the bus was travelling “at an excessive speed.”

Venezuelan roads are often in a deplorable state due to lack of maintenance, and passenger vehicles are frequently very dilapidated. Its road fatality rate of 33.7 per 100,000 inhabitants is among the worst in the world.

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