Two Brits dead in gap year crash while speeding on Bolivian salt flats
Two teenage British tourists have been killed in a car accident in Bolivia, authorities in the country have said.
Police said Freddie Michael McLennan and George Joseph Atkins, both 19, and the driver of the vehicle Alberto Barco, 22, were killed in the incident.
Traffic police commander Colonel Bernardo Isnado said the vehicle was apparently driving over the speed limit when it flipped over on the Salar de Uyuni, the worlds largest salt flat and the main tourist destination in southern Bolivia.
Pictures from the scene show the mangled wreckage of a car that appears to have rolled several times.
Authorities said four other people were injured in the accident, which happened on Sunday night around 186 miles south of the Bolivian capital of La Paz.
Among them was Callum Fraser, 19, who was at Cranbook School, Kent, with Freddie and George where they completed their A levels last year.
Three other injured people were identified as Argentinians Walter Rossi, 22, Francisco Ceruti, 21, and Uruguayan Gabriel Martinez Bueno, 26.
Colonel Isnado said: Circumstances are being investigated, but according to the preliminary investigations there was an excess of speed.
The present case is under investigation; it has been brought to the attention of the Public Ministry.
A spokesman for the UK Foreign Office said: We are supporting the families of three British nationals who were involved in a car accident in Bolivia and are in close contact with the Bolivian authorities.