LIMA – Nine people were killed and two others injured when a bus plunged into a 150-meter (491-foot) ravine in Ancash, a region in northern Peru, police spokesmen told EFE on Thursday.
The accident occurred around midnight in Huandoval, a district in the Andean province of Pallasca, amid torrential rains and dense fog, Northern Pacific Health Network director Jhonny Cano told RPP Noticias.
“We’ve put together an emergency team ahead of the arrival of the El Niño weather phenomenon to deal with the possible accidents that might occur. Our first operation was today, when we had to provide support for the removal of bodies,” Cano said.
The two people injured in the accident were transported to a hospital in the coastal city of Chimbote, while two children initially reported missing were later found alive.
The accident rate in Peru’s interior is extremely high due to the poor condition of roads, an obsolete bus fleet and drivers who obtain licenses on the “black market” by paying between $30 and $50, experts say.