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At least 8 dead, over 50 injured after 2 trucks fall into ravines in Guatemala

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At least eight people were killed and over 50 injured after two trucks used to carry passengers fell into deep ravines in two road accidents in the north and north-west of Guatemala, a spokesman for the local rescue service said on Sunday.

At least eight people were killed and over 50 injured after two trucks used to carry passengers fell into deep ravines in two road accidents in the north and north-west of Guatemala, a spokesman for the local rescue service said on Sunday.

Both accidents occurred on Saturday when the trucks carrying 60 and 15 rural residents, respectively, fell into the ravines some 30 meters deep about 200 km (120 miles) away from the Guatemalan capital, Guatemala City, Cecilio Chacaj said.

The first accident occurred in the department of Huehuetenango, killing three passengers, including two babies. A total of 45 people were hospitalized, including 20 children.

The second accident occurred in the department of Alta Verapaz, killing five and injuring 10 people. Some people are in a grave condition, the spokesman said.

Road police are considering brake problems and speeding as the likely causes of the accidents.

 

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