Sunday 24 September 2017

At least 11 dead after two buses crashed in Dominican Republic

As many as 70 people were injured in the incident
As many as 70 people were injured in the incident

At least 11 people have died and more than 70 have been injured after two buses collided between two eastern resort towns in the Dominican Republic.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the buses were carrying employees of the Paradisus Punta Cana Resort and the Coco Bongo nightclub.

Authority spokesman Diego Pesqueira said the number of fatalities in the dawn collision could increase "because we still have many injured in various hospitals and some are serious".

Authorities are still determining what caused the accident, but Mr Pesqueira says a front tyre blew out on one of the buses before the collision.

The World Health Organisation said in 2013 that the Dominican Republic had the world's second-worst mortality rate from road accidents, with 41.7 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.

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