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10 dead in Venezuela bus crash

world Updated: Oct 24, 2009 07:38 IST

At least 10 bus passengers have been killed and another 12 injured when their vehicle collided with a truck on a main freeway in the Venezuelan capital, rescue officials said.

"Eight people died at the scene and another two" died at local hospitals, said Victor Lira, director of the area's Civil Protection agency, adding that some of the wounded were in a critical condition.

The head of the city's firefighters, William Martinez, said the truck appeared to have lost control and struck the back of the bus, pushing it onto the median where it flipped over.

Authorities have launched an investigation to determine whether excessive speeding or a brake failure may have caused the crash.

Last weekend, at least 24 people died in two traffic accidents on Venezuela's chaotic freeways.