Thursday, December 8

A traffic accident in Guatemala leaves at least 17 dead

  • A vehicle carrying more than twenty people fell into a ravine in the southeastern part of the country

At least 17 people died this Wednesday and several were injured in an accident of traffic in Guatemala when the car they were traveling in fell into a ravine, according to various sources. The accident took place in the department (province) of Chiquimula, some 175 kilometers east of Guatemala City and the list of injured amounts to at least 9 peopleaccording to the relief bodies.

The tragedy occurred on the morning of this Wednesday, specifically at the edge of 04:00 local time (10:00 GMT), as several witnesses to the accident told local journalists. Initially the death toll amounted to 6 people, until the subsequent confirmation of the authorities of the rest of the deaths in the accident.

The car that plunged into the ravine, allegedly a pick-up style vehicle, allegedly transported more than two dozen people when he fell into the abyss, according to witnesses.

The accident took place in the municipality of Jocotán, in the department of Chiquimula, in a terrain that is difficult to access for the relief forces, who have not yet made official the number of injured. The officer of the Guatemalan Volunteer Firefighters, Víctor Gómez, told journalists that in the accident they transferred 9 injured people to the emergency room from nearby hospitals and confirmed the identification of 14 of the 17 who lost their lives in the accident. According to Gómez, a “temporary morgue” was set up in a school in a nearby village, due to the number of deaths.

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The Spanish embassy in Guatemala lamented the accident through its social networks and expressed “our condolences and solidarity” to the families of the victims.

Last January, a passenger transport bus had an accident in the center of the Central American country when it fell into a 40-meter ravine, leaving 5 people dead and more than 30 injured. This mishap took place on a highway in the department of Sacatepéquez, about 50 kilometers west of Guatemala City.

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