LIMA – At least seven people died and another 18 were injured early Saturday when the pick-up truck in which they were riding plunged down a ravine in the southern Peruvian region of Ayacucho, local media said.
The truck crash occurred in the Ayacucho province of Victor Fajardo with passengers traveling from the rural community of Huancaraylla to the Huancapi district, according to a report on RPP radio.
Four men and three women were identified among the fatalities, while the injured were taken by police to medical centers in nearby towns.
The Andina state-run news agency said that, according to Ayacucho police, the accident occurred in the wee hours of Saturday for reasons not yet determined.
Police and prosecutors are carrying out investigations at the remote scene of the accident, located at some seven hours by road from Huamanga.