A bus crashes in Bolivia, causing 12 deaths

  Xinhua News Agency, Lima, December 22. News from La Paz: A bus crash occurred in Potosí province in southwestern Bolivia on the 22nd, causing at least 12 deaths and more than 20 injuries.

  According to the police in Potosí Province, a long-distance bus suddenly rushed out of the road on the 22nd when it was near the town of Okuri in Potosí Province and crashed into a valley about 100 meters deep, causing many deaths and injuries.

The injured have been sent to hospital for treatment.

  Witnesses said that the bus suddenly had a puncture while driving, causing the car to lose control and fall into the valley.

The local police stated that they had launched an investigation into the cause of the accident.

  According to official data released by Bolivia, traffic accidents in Bolivia cause about 1,000 deaths and 40,000 injuries every year.

Poor road conditions and drunk driving are the main reasons for the frequent traffic accidents in the country.