Eleven dead, 70 in­jured Do­mini­can bus crash

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

SANTO DOMINGO, Do­mini­can Repub­lic — Do­mini­can au­thor­i­ties say at least 11 peo­ple have died and over 70 have been in­jured when two buses col­lided be­tween two east­ern re­sort towns. The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Trans­porta­tion Author­ity says the buses were car­ry­ing employees of the Par­adisus Punta Cana Re­sort and the Coco Bongo night­club. Author­ity spokesman Diegeo Pesqueira says the col­li­sion occurred at dawn Thurs­day. He said the num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties could in­crease “be­cause we still have many in­jured in var­i­ous hos­pi­tals and some are se­ri­ous.” Au­thor­i­ties are still de­ter­min­ing what caused the accident, but Pesquieira says a front tire blew out on one of the buses be­fore the col­li­sion. The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion 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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