At least 21 dead in bus crash in eastern Guatemala

Members of the public prosecutor's office and rescuers work at the site of the crash.
Members of the public prosecutor's office and rescuers work at the site of the crash.PHOTO: AFP

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) - A trailer truck collided with a passenger bus in eastern Guatemala early Saturday (Dec 21), killing at least 21 people and leaving a dozen wounded, according to the national disaster agency.

It said nine of the dead were minors.

Volunteer firefighters told reporters the truck appeared to have collided with the bus from behind in the municipality of Gualan, roughly 150km east of Guatemala City.

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, its rear section destroyed.

The national disaster agency said the bus had been headed from the northeastern Peten region to the capital.

It said the injured were taken to several hospitals in the region.

Initial reports indicate that the trailer truck was speeding when it collided with the bus on a curve.

The drivers of both vehicles have been detained for questioning.