Bolivian Police Identify 5 Foreign Tourists Who Died in Fatal Bus Crash Near Oruro, Bolivia

(Santa Cruz, Bolivia)

08/30/2014 - Two Swiss citizens, one Italian, one Australian and one Peruvian citizen have been identified as having died in a bus crash while returning from Uyuni to La Paz (Bolivia). The bus is owned by bus company Trans Turismo Omar.

Nine people have died in a traffic accident that took place in the early morning on Saturday, 35 kilometers from the town of Challapata in the Bolivian state of Oruro. A bus, owned by the Trans Turismo Omar company, was transporting tourists and the accident took place in the Crucero sector, according to police reports.

Police Sub-commander of the state of Oruro, Colonel Freddy Castillo, reported that five male victims, among them the bus driver, and four female victims lost their lives after the bus overturned at about 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning on the Panamerican highway.

"This could vary, but at the moment we've counted nine dead, among them five men and four women. Six of the victims have been identified, among them the bus driver, and three have not yet been identified," he said.

The bus was heading from Uyuni to the city of la Paz with 36 passengers, among them foreign tourists and Bolivian citizens who were hurt. Twenty-four of them were taken to the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Challapata for medical care and those in more serious condition were taken to hospitals in the city of Oruro.

Three Germans, three Brazilians, three Chileans, five Italians, one Indian and at least nine Bolivian citizens were taken to the hospital in Challapata.

The police have identified (with names, ages and countries of origin) the 5 foreign tourists who did not survive. Their bodies have been taken to the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Challapata to await repatriation.

This is a translation of an article published today in the El Deber newspaper of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Click here to see the list of victims and their identities.

Source: El Deber
Date: Saturday, 30 August 2014

UPDATED THIS EVENING The number of fatal victims is now 10, of which 8 are foreigners: one additional Italian citizen, and two as of yet unidentified foreigners. Among the 24 injured who have survived are Germans, Italians, Swiss, Canadians, Chileans, Peruvians and an Indian.

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