LA PAZ, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) — At least 10 people were killed and another 25 injured Friday when a passenger bus plunged into a ravine more than 100 meters deep in southern Bolivia, according to a preliminary report by transit authorities.
The bus belonging to the San Lorenzo company was traveling along the road linking the departments (states) of Cochabamba and Tarija when it plummeted off the ridge near Falda La Quenua, 50 kilometers from Tarija’s capital.
The driver of the bus reportedly lost control of the vehicle before it veered off the road at around 9 am local time (1300 GMT), the report said.
The head of Tarija’s Transit Department, Angel Mantilla, said rescue teams were searching for the bodies of the victims and attending to the injured.
A caterpillar tractor was being used to retrieve the bus from the bottom of the ravine, he added.
Several passengers were quoted by local radio stations as saying the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel.