LIMA – Ten people died in two separate road accidents on the weekend in Peru’s mountainous region when the vehicles they were riding in plunged into ravines.
The more serious accident occurred in the central mountainous region of Huaraz, where eight people died when the bus they were riding in went off the road and into a ravine, officials with the police station in Cotaparaco – where the accident took place – said on Sunday.
Police said that the bus, which was transporting about 25 people from Huaraz to Tapacocha, went down a hillside on Saturday night due to the “awful condition” of the highway resulting from heavy rains that are falling in the area.
So far, authorities do not know if a mechanical fault or human error caused the accident, in which six people were seriously injured and taken to the main Huaraz hospital.
Police also said that apparently the passengers on the bus were going to a nearby precinct to cast their ballots in the general elections being held nationwide on Sunday.
Meanwhile, two other people died near the southern city of Cusco when the bus they were riding in plunged into a ravine 150 meters (almost 500 feet) deep, local police told the website elcomercio.pe.
The bus driver fled after the accident, according to police, who said that the bus went into the ravine after the driver left the motor running and got out of the vehicle to help a pickup truck pass the bus on the very narrow stretch of roadway.