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More than a dozen killed in Guatemala as truck ploughs into crowd

Guatemala Truck rams crowd killing at least 32 in Guatemala
Cary Marshall | 29 March, 2019, 20:13

The crowd of people gathered on the highway after an earlier hit-and-run accident killed a local resident when they were struck by the truck, local fire department spokesman Cecilio Chacaj said.

Reports claimed there were women and children among the victims.

At the time, a fatal vehicle crash had just occurred moments before the truck smashed into the group.

"I regret the tragedy that occurred in the municipality of Nahuala, Solola, which has left over 30 death due to a traffic accident", he said on Twitter.

According to the Daily Star, at least 125 people have died in road accidents in the country in 2019.

The United States embassy in Guatemala expressed its "deepest condolences to the families of the victims".

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The government announced three days of mourning after the incident late Wednesday in the western town of Nahuala, whose population of around 65,000 are mostly K'iche' Maya.

The crash was on the notoriously risky Interamerican highway, at kilometre 159, Guatemalan media said.

"We are now coordinating actions to provide all the support to the victims' families". A large truck slammed into a crowd gathered on a dark highway in western Guatemala, killing over a dozen people and leaving bodies scattered on the roadway, firefighters said.

Police commissioner Ramirez Feliciano said the truck had now been found.

The government announced three days of mourning from Thursday, while President Jimmy Morales tweeted: "We are now coordinating actions to provide all the support to the victims' families".

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