Thirty-two passengers died, including two children, and more than 20 were injured when a bus plunged off a cliff in Peru early Tuesday, officials said, in the third multi-casualty transport accident in four days in the country.
The accident happened on a narrow stretch of Carretera Central road, about 60 kilometers east of the capital, Lima.
“Unfortunately, there are currently 32 dead,” Police Chief Cesar Cervantes said.
The dead include a six-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl, police said.
There were 63 passengers on the bus.
A search and rescue operation was underway for possible survivors and to recover bodies, police added on Twitter.
Cervantes said “recklessness” contributed to Tuesday’s accident, adding that the bus had been traveling “at high speed”.
It hit a rock and plunged into a chasm about 200 meters deep, according to survivors’ accounts.
On Sunday, 22 people were killed when two boats collided on Peru’s Amazon River. An undetermined number remain missing.
Two days earlier, another bus fell into a ravine in the southeast of the country, killing 17 people.
Road accidents are common in the Andean country due to factors such as speeding motorists, poorly maintained highways, lack of road signs and poor enforcement of road safety.
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