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Late-night Argentina vehicle collision kills 14, some of them children

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • NEW: Four of the fatalities are between the ages of 9 and 19, police say
  • The children were dance students returning from a performance
  • A van carrying the children crashed into the side of a truck, according to authorities
  • The truck crossed in front of the van, the state-run news agency said

Buenos Aires, Argentina (CNN) -- Fourteen people -- four of them dance students between the ages of 9 and 19 -- were killed late Sunday in northeastern Argentina when a shuttle van and a cargo truck collided, the state-run Telam news agency reported Monday morning.

Five children between the ages of 6 and 16 were injured, police said. The van driver was killed, Telam said.

The collision occurred around 11:30 p.m. (12:30 a.m. ET) when the students were returning to their hometown of Villa Guillermina after performing a couple of hours earlier in a town called Villa Ocampo, Telam said, citing local police inspector Jose Luis Leguiza.

According to Telam, the cargo truck crossed in front of the van, which crashed into the side of the truck. A photograph of the collision published by Telam shows the front of the van demolished, large pieces of it under the side of the truck, which appears to be a semi tractor-trailer carrying hay.

Most of the fatalities were among adults accompanying the children. A list of victims' names indicates a husband and wife and their 14-year-old daughter were among those killed.

The injured, none of whom appeared to be in grave condition, were taken to the hospital in the city of Reconquista, Leguiza said.

Authorities detained the truck driver, identified as Dante Sosa, the police official said.

The van driver was identified as Aroldo Vazquez, 63.