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Tuesday June 24, 2014

Three Car Accident in Guatemala Leaves 5 Dead, 7 Injured

Five people were killed and seven others injured in a three-vehicle accident in the western province of Quetzaltenango, Guatemalan authorities said Monday.

The crash, which involved a bus, a van and a light cargo truck, occurred Sunday night in the municipality of Flores Costa Cuca, 209 kilometers (130 miles) west of Guatemala City, provincial fire chief Eric Sempe told the media.

Four of the dead were identified as Olga Vasquez, 25, Erma Lara, 55, Maria Hidalgo, 65, and Apolinario Carreto, 70. The identity of the fifth fatality has not been confirmed by the authorities.

First responders took seven injured people to National Hospital in Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango.

The causes and circumstances of the triple collision have not yet been announced by the authorities.

The World Health Organization estimates that in Guatemala an average of six people are killed in traffic accidents every day.

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