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Argentina double-decker bus crash kills at least 10

Bus was traveling from Bolivia to the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires; children among the dead.

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At least 10 people, including two children, were killed and more than 50 injured on April 6, 2012, when a double-decker bus veered off a cliff in Argentina. (The Telegraph/Screengrab)

At least 10 people, including two young children, were killed and another 50 injured Friday night when the driver of double-decker bus traveling from Bolivia to Argentina lost control of the vehicle and veered off a cliff.

Reports of fatalities varied, although officials in the northern Argentine province of Jujuy, which borders Bolivia, said 34 people were still in hospital Saturday -- five of them in a critical condition, The Telegraph reported.

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Police said two girls, ages 6 and 6 months, were among the dead, according to The Telegraph.

Argentine news agency Infobae reported the passengers included 55 Bolivians, three Peruvians, three people from France, two Germans, a Panamanian, a Spaniard and one from Britain.

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The bus belonged to Bolivian company Potosi, CNN reported.

According to a preliminary investigation, the bus driver was speeding on a dangerous sector of road at the time of the crash, RIA Novosti reported.

Car accidents in Argentina kill about 7,000 people and injure more than 40,000 every year, according to RIA Novosti.

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