LIMA – At least 15 people died and a like number were injured when a bus plunged into a ravine in the Peruvian Andes, police told EFE on Monday.
The accident occurred around midday at Kilometer 60 on the central highway, which links the Andean town of Tarma with Peru’s central jungle region, the police chief in the town of San Ramon, Julio Santos, told RPP Noticias radio.
“The vehicle ... fell into a ravine between 30 and 40 meters (100-130 feet) deep” leading down to the Tarma River, he said.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
The bodies of the dead were taken to the morgue in the city of La Merced and the injured were attended to at that city’s hospital.
Accidents of this kind are regular occurrences on Peruvian roads, with most of them caused by driver error, the poor state of roadways and vehicles and by rough rural conditions, particularly in the mountains.