A collision between a passenger bus and a trailer truck in eastern Guatemala on Saturday killed at least 20 people.
Nine of the dead were children including a 7-year-old boy. A dozen were wounded in a crash. Some are in “critical condition.” The injured were taken to several hospitals in the region. The truck appeared to have collided with the bus from behind. Initial reports indicate that the trailer truck was speeding when it collided with the bus on a curve. The accident took place near the town of Gualan, near Guatemala’s Atlantic coast.The Pullman passenger bus was traveling to the city of Santa Elena. Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei expressed his “profound lament” for the deaths in a post on Twitter.
The drivers of both vehicles have been detained for questioning. Photos of the scene showed the truck toppled onto its side along a curve on the two-lane highway, with the bus a little further ahead. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash. According to the latest WHO data published in 2017 Road Trafﬁc Accidents Deaths in Guatemala reached 3,253 or 4.22% of total deaths.