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Updated: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:47:04 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

Bolivian bus crash kills 10, injures 1 Canadian



A tourist bus drives on the surface of the world's largest salt flats, the Salar de Uyuni, near the village of Colchani November 20, 2007. Bolivian airlines Aerosur and the Canedos family inaugurated this week the first regular flights of its renovated Douglas DC-3S, or Super DC-3, to bring tourists to the Salar, one of the world's natural wonders, in a project that the airline considers a "trip back in time." Picture taken November 20, 2007 .REUTERS/David Mercado (© BOLIVIA)

A tourist bus drives on the surface of the world's largest salt flats, the Salar de Uyuni, near the village of Colchani November 20, 2007. Bolivian airlines Aerosur and the Canedos family inaugurated this week the first regular flights of its renovated Douglas DC-3S, or Super DC-3, to bring tourists to the Salar, one of the world's natural wonders, in a project that the airline considers a "trip back in time." Picture taken November 20, 2007 .REUTERS/David Mercado (BOLIVIA) - RTX3YJM David Mercado/Reuters

One Canadian is among the injured after a bus in Bolivia ran off the highway and crashed, killing 10 people, confirms Canada's foreign affairs department.

Consular officials are providing assistance to that individual but "further details on this case cannot be released" to protect the privacy of the Canadian, Claude Rochon of DFAIT told CBC News on Sunday morning.

On Saturday, Bolivian police said eight foreign tourists are among the 10 people killed when a bus returning to La Paz from the Salar de Uyuni salt flats ran off the highway.

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

Among those killed were the Bolivian bus driver.

He said the cause of the accident was under investigation.

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