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Argentina 4-vehicle accident leaves at least 5 dead

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The crash involved three trucks and a van, state news agency says
  • At least four of those killed were in the van, which had six occupants
  • An 11-year-old boy treated at a nearby hospital
  • The fifth fatality remained unidentified

Buenos Aires, Argentina (CNN) -- At least five people died Tuesday night in a four-vehicle crash in northeastern Argentina, the state news service reported Wednesday.

The accident involved three trucks and a small passenger van, the Telam news agency said. The van, a Renault Kangoo, had six occupants, four of whom died, Telam said.

An 11-year-old boy, also a passenger in the van, was injured and taken to a pediatric hospital in the city of Sunchales in Santa Fe province, Telam said. He was identified as Agustin Taboada.

The van occupants who died were identified as Jose Roberto Taboada; Esther Lucia Diaz, 30; Juana Diaz, 25; and her 1-year-old daughter, Nicole Diaz.

A young person who remained unidentified also died, Telam said. Officials were trying to determine whether that person also was an occupant in the van.

One of the trucks in the accident, a Fiat Iveco, was carrying corn, the news agency said. A Fiat Iveco tanker was loaded with fuel, and the third truck was empty, Telam said.

The 9:40 p.m. accident apparently happened when the van tried to pass the trucks, which veered onto the road shoulder, Santa Fe provincial police inspector Juan Jose Mondino told Telam. One of the trucks may have hit the van, the police official said.

The accident occurred on a stretch of road with no curves, he said.