A serious bus accident in western Venezuela killed at least 18 people. According to initial findings, a tire apparently exploded on Sunday when the bus was traveling at high speed on a road in the state of Zulia on the border with Colombia, the police said.

According to witnesses sat in the bus 47 passengers, eleven more were. 14 people died at the scene of the accident, four more in the hospital, police said. About 30 injured were treated in hospital.

The roads in Venezuela are considered poor due to lack of maintenance. Many buses and other vehicles are extremely old.

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