Eight people were killed and 25 others injured in a crash involving a cargo truck and a bus carrying about 50 people on a highway in northeastern Venezuela, emergency services officials said Sunday.

The accident occurred Saturday night at kilometer 90 of the Anaco-Barcelona highway, Anzoategui state fire department chief Benjamin Apaez told the official AVN news agency.

The cause of the accident has not been determined, Apaez said.

The bus was carrying members of an evangelical church from Anaco who were returning home after taking part in a "baptism of new believers" in the nearby city of Puerto La Cruz, the private Globovision network reported. EFE