6 January 2010 a bus (Jumbo Bus busline) rolls down a cliff after crashing into another vehicle near Tapacarí, Cochabamba. 24 dead, 28 injured.
19 January 2010 a bus (Pullman Internacional busline) crashes into a truck parked on the side of the road between La Paz and Tambo Quemado (border with Chile). 15 dead, 32 injured.
21 January a bus (La Asunta busline) from La Paz to the Yungas region crashes into the Bopi River. 18 dead, 5 injured, 10 disappeared.
25 January, 2010 A bus (Cosmos busline) crashes near Tutimayo, Cochabamba because the bus driver was drunk! 5 dead, 43 injured.
30 January, 2010 Two buses (Potosí and Copacabana buslines) crash head on along the highway near Camiri, Santa Cruz when one bus invaded the other's lane. 10 dead and 80 injured.
Total for January 2010 - 72 dead, 196 injured, 10 not found. In most cases the bus drivers are suspected of driving over the speed limit. In one case the bus driver was drunk and in one case the bus driver did not have a driver's license.
In most accidents there were people unidentified because they didn't carry ID (or it wasn't found) and the bus passenger roster was damaged, unclear, not found, or incomplete (many buses pick up passengers along the road who are not registered). Always carry your identification or a photocopy of it.
Some accidents may be inevitable due to bad weather, rain and washed out roads, and perhaps landslides. However, bus passengers who feel the driver is driving too fast, erratically or unsafely in any manner DO HAVE THE RIGHT to stand up, go to the front and demand their safety be taken into consideration! In addition, nothing will change and nothing will improve if passengers don't report horrible bus drivers.
As long as they don't change their ways consider that it's partially your money that keeps them operating and your life is in their hands. Therefore it's your RIGHT to demand your safety be taken into account.
UPDATE: 3 February 2010. The Bolivian Government has passed a decree stating that any bus driver found driving drunk will have his or her driver's license suspended indefinitely.Travel Planner    Travel Forums    Travel Map Shop
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