Bolivia’s El Camino de la Muerte or the Road of Death which connects La Paz with Yungas has earned itself a moniker of the most dangerous road in the world and rightfully so. This narrow road built on the steep slopes of the Andes has no guardrails and is subjected to frequent landslides or rock falls.
The one particular section of the Road of Death shown in this video is featured in many other videos because it’s already very narrow, it’s on a curve and is made even narrower by the landslides. Many a vehicle fell into the endless abyss on its Eastern side and with each sliding vehicle, the outer edge of the road gets narrower and less stable. Larger vehicles like buses or trucks are particularly vulnerable because aside from being wide, they are also long.
The bus in this video was doing all right but its rear wheels got on edge of the road crumbled by previously fallen vehicles and since it had recently rained, the edge was slippery and once the rear end started to slide down, there was no stopping it. The bus disappeared into the ravine below.
Perhaps if the slopes along which the Road of Death is built were not so steep, some strong trees could grow there and provide natural barrier which would prevent long falls down, but with near vertical cliffs, only bushes and small trees grow there. Vehicles that take a slide are bound to go all the way down and that is bound to be fatal.
Props to Bolivian Best Gore member herrchris for the video. Herrchris also pointed out that the traffic accident video posted earlier also happened on the Road of Death in Bolivia: