Peru bus crash kills 25

Forty-four injured as overcrowded bus veers off mountain road in remote area of Andes.

Peru bus crash kills 25

World Bulletin/News Desk

At least 25 people are dead after a bus plunged into a ravine in a remote area of the Peruvian Andes, local media reported Sunday.

The vehicle carrying almost double the number of allowed passengers veered into the 327-ft. (100-meter) abyss in the San Pablo district of the southern Cuzco region, Radio Programas said.

A total of 22 people, including a newborn, were pronounced dead at the scene, while three died later in hospital in the city of Sicuani. Forty-four others were injured.

The crash followed another deadly accident this weekend in which six people died and 30 were injured when a bus fell 1,000 feet (300 meters) into a ravine in the Arequipa region. The bus driver in that accident fell asleep at the wheel, Lima daily La Republica reported.

Traffic accidents killed 1,406 people and injured 29,855 others during the first six months of 2014, according to latest Health Ministry figures.

Fatal bus crashes are frequent in the Andean nation, where poor road safety, precipitous mountainous terrain and lax driver checks contribute to the elevated rate.


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