At least nine tourists have been killed in a bus crash in western Bolivia, including two Swiss women and one Swiss man, the Swiss foreign ministry has confirmed.
The Bolivian state news agency, ABI, reported that the bus, which was travelling from Potosi to Oruro on a trunk road, had come off the road on Saturday morning near the province of Challapata and had turned over. The Bolivian driver was killed instantly.
The Swiss victims were reported by local media to be aged between 23 and 30.
The other victims were three tourists from Italy, one from Australia and one from Peru, according to the police. Further reports put the number of dead at 11. A total of 24 passengers were taken to hospitals in Challapata and Oruro.
The newspaper La Prensa reported on Sunday that, according to preliminary police enquiries, the driver had been going too fast and had lost control of the bus.
Bolivia’s trunk roads are often in a poor condition and serious accidents are frequent.