Six people - five adults and a minor - were killed when a Peruvian bus collided with a truck Monday on a highway in northern Chile, police said.

The accident occurred around 7:00 a.m. at kilometer 1,405 of Route 5 North, near the mining camp of Mantos Blancos.

The bus, which had Peruvian tags and belonged to the Ormeño Internacional company, was on the Buenos Aires-Santiago-Lima route when it crashed head-on with the truck, which was hauling salt to the port of Mejillones.

All of the victims, according to the available information, were Peruvian citizens, spokesmen for the Carabineros militarized police force told Efe.

The bus was carrying about 20 passengers, of whom an unspecified number were injured and transported on a police helicopter to the regional hospital in Antofagasta.

A total of 18 people died in traffic accidents during the Thursday-Sunday All Saints holiday weekend, down from the 24 killed last year, the Carabineros said. EFE