Truck slams into crowd on highway in Guatemala

32 dead after truck hits crowd gathered at separate road accident in Guatemala

Another 20 people were injured in the accident, several seriously, and were being treated in hospitals. Guatemala's national fire and rescue service tweeted a photo from the scene, showing at least 10 victims' bodies covered with blankets lined up on the road.

The group had congregated at the site to inspect an earlier hit-and-run accident that had killed a resident of their neighborhood, when they, in turn, were hit by the truck, Chacaj added.

The truck driver initially got away but police spokesman Pablo Castillo told reporters a patrol caught up with him.

"It seems that the semi-trailer did not notice the number of the people on the roadway and ran them over".

Graphic footage shared on social media shows the aftermath of the collision, with bodies strewn across the road and pools of blood in the street.

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The United States embassy in Guatemala expressed its "deepest condolences to the families of the victims".

The crash was on the notoriously risky Interamerican highway, at kilometre 159, Guatemalan media said. We are now coordinating actions on providing assistance to the victims' relatives.

"At this time we are coordinating our response to bring full support to the relatives of the victims", President Jimmy Morales wrote in a post on Twitter.

According to Reuters, it was one of Guatemala's worst traffic accidents in recent years. In 2013, 43 people were killed when a bus plunged 200m (660ft) into a ravine.

Traffic rules are frequently ignored in Guatema la, a Central American country of some 16.5 million people.

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