32 killed, 20 injured as bus falls off cliff in Peru
- Dozens of dead in a bus accident in Lima.
- High speed contributed to the bus disaster.
- Two children are among the fatalities.
According to the Peruvian authorities, a passenger bus with 63 passengers fell off the cliff near the capital, Lima.
At least 32 people were killed and over 20 injured in the crash. Two children died among the passengers – a six-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl.
The crash was Peru’s third transportation accident involving multiple victims in four days.
The accident occurred on a narrow section of the Carretera Central, about 60 km (37 miles) east of the capital Lima. The road connects Lima with much of the central Andes.
The officials say that “irrationality” contributed to the crash as the bus was traveling at “high speed”.
Survivors reported that it hit a rock and plunged into an abyss about 200 meters deep.
Last Sunday, 22 people died when two boats collided on the Amazon in Peru. An indefinite number remains missing.
Two days earlier, another bus crashed into a ravine in the south-east of the country, killing 17 people.
Road accidents are common in Peru due to drivers driving too fast, poorly maintained highways, missing traffic signs and poor road safety.