At least seven people died and another four were injured in a multi-vehicle accident on a highway in the Ecuadorian province of Los Rios, the Integrated Security Service ECU 911 reported Thursday.

The accident occurred in the early hours of Thursday at kilometer 52 on the Buena Fe-Patricia Pilar highway, where a passenger bus, a tractor-trailer and a truck collided, the rescue agency said in a release.

As a result of the strong impact, two of the vehicles burst into flames.

The four injured people were treated at the scene, and then three of them were transferred to different hospitals, the ECU 911 said.

The authorities have not revealed the cause of the accident but said investigation is underway.

Traffic accidents are one of the main causes of death in Ecuador, mainly due to the lack of skilled drivers and speeding on the roads, according to local authorities. Enditem


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