19 Guatemala coffee workers killed in truck crash

GUATEMALA CITY — A livestock truck packed with workers on their way to a Guatemala coffee plantation veered off a winding road and crashed, killing 19 of the passengers and injuring 44, an official said Monday.

Nine of the coffee workers died at the scene Sunday in the town of Zunil, northwest of Guatemala City, and the others were pronounced dead at nearby hospitals, said Mario de Leon, a spokesman for a local fire department.

Most of the 70 people on the truck were between 12 and 19 years old and a handful of the passengers were children.

The truck driver, who is recovering at a hospital, is in police custody after authorities smelled alcohol on his breath after the crash, de Leon said.