CARACAS, Venezuela | Ex-major leaguers Valbuena, Castillo die in Venezuela crash

CARACAS, Venezuela | Ex-major leaguers Valbuena, Castillo die in Venezuela crash

CARACAS, Venezuela — Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash in Venezuela caused by highway bandits who then robbed them, officials said Friday.

The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an object on the road, Yaracuy state Gov. Julio Leon Heredia said on his Twitter account. Officials said some bandits place or throw objects on highways to force vehicles to stop or crash so they can rob the occupants.

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