At least 46 killed when truck plunges off cliff

July 8, 2008 4:28:56 PM PDT
Police say at least 46 people were killed when a truck carrying farmers plunged 650 feet (200 meters) into a ravine in Bolivia's southern Andes.Col. Julio Sepcel says about 60 people were aboard the truck when it went off a cliff Tuesday about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the city of Potosi.

Sepcel says that 11 people were injured. The 46 dead included five children.

Police declined to give a cause for the crash, but witnesses told local media the truck was speeding at the time of the crash.

Rural highway accidents are comment in Bolivia, as drivers often drive overcrowded vehicles at high speeds over poorly maintained mountain roads.

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