Bus goes over cliff in Peruvian Andes, at least 22 dead; 25 injured

An inter-provincial bus lost control and plunged some 200 meters off a cliff, killing at least 22 people and injuring another 25, newspaper Peru. 21 reported.

The accident occurred at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday in the Sayapullo district Peru’s northern La Libertad department. The cause of the accident is still unknown.

The bus was registered to the company Kurrungo, according to daily El Comercio.

In May 2009, another bus belonging to Kurrungo had a similar accident on the same highway, which includes some stretches that are unpaved, regional health manager Victor Peralta said.

That accident resulted in 21 deaths and 10 injured.

In Peru – where the high number of severe car and bus accidents is notorious – many of the vehicles are old, drivers reckless, and the roads often in a bad state. In the past several years, an average of 3,500 people died and 40,000 others were injured every year as a result of car or bus accidents.

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