At least 18 dead in Guatemalan truck crash

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Authorities in Guatemala confirmed Thursday morning that a truck that crashed into a crowd of people the previous evening killed 18 people, according to CBS News.

The truck plowed into several people who had ventured into the road to check on a person who had been hit by a car, according to Cecilio Chacaj, a spokesman for the local fire department in the town of Nahuala who spoke to Reuters.

{mosads}The crash is one of Guatemala’s worst traffic accidents since 2013, when a bus falling over a cliff in a rural area killed at least 43, according to Reuters.

Authorities initially reported at least 30 dead, but revised the number downward this morning.

Chacaj told a Guatemalan radio network that his department miscounted the casualties in the chaotic initial aftermath of the crash, according to CBS News. “With the confusion, people initially said 30, even more, dead, but once we cordoned off the area we were able to count the bodies properly,” Chacaj said, according to the outlet.

Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales tweeted condolences to the victims of the crash in a post that still displayed the erroneous earlier death count.


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