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Canadian among passengers on crashed bus

By The Canadian Press

LA PAZ, Bolivia - A spokeswoman for Foreign Affairs says a Canadian was among the passengers on a bus that ran off a highway and crashed in Bolivia.

Claude Rochon says consular officials are providing assistance to the Canadian citizen and are in contact with local authorities.

Rochon said Sunday she could not release any other details to protect the privacy of the person involved.

Bolivian police say eight foreign tourists were among the 10 people killed when the bus returning to La Paz from the Salar de Uyuni salt flats crashed on Saturday.

Police Capt. Gonzalo Carrasco said that another 24 people, most of them foreigners, were injured and being treated in hospitals in Oruro, the closest big city.

Carrasco said the accident occurred about 290 kilometres south of the capital. He said the foreigners included an Australian, two Swiss, two Italians and a Peruvian and that two of the foreigners could not immediately be identified.

He said the cause of the accident was under investigation.

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