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At least 18 Guatemalans dead after being hit by truck

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 28, 2019, 10.17 AM (IST)

At least 18 citizens in Guatemala were killed on Wednesday night after they were hit by a semi-trailer truck on a highway, Guatemalan rescue officials said.

The accident occurred at the entry point to the western town of Nahuala, which has a population of around 65,000, the majority of whom are K’iche’ Maya.

"In total there are 18 deaths that have been counted in this tragedy," fire department spokesman Cecilio Chacaj told AFP.

The driver fled the scene in his truck and his whereabouts are unknown.

The truck did not have its lights on when it struck the group of people which may have been why the driver did not spot them, according to local media.