At least 29 killed as bus plunges off a cliff in Peruvian Andes (VIDEO)
A passenger bus has plunged off a cliff in the Peruvian Andes, killing at least 29 people on board. The accident came just days after another bus, carrying mine workers, went off a cliff in a different part of the mountain region.
The incident occurred outside the town of Matucana in central Peru early on Tuesday. The bus veered off Peru’s Central Highway, plummeting into an abyss. The vehicle was carrying some 63 passengers at the time of the crash, a police officer told local broadcaster Canal N.
Esta madrugada se registró un #AccidenteDeTránsito que causó daños a la vida y salud en el kilómetro 72 de la Carretera Central, en el distrito Matucana, provincia Huarochirí (Lima). @PoliciaPeru y @cgbvpoficial continúan realizando acciones de respuesta. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/rKZfREWHxU
— COEN – INDECI (@COENPeru) August 31, 2021
Footage circulating online shows rescuers working at the crash site. The bus apparently overturned multiple times, becoming reduced to an almost unrecognizable pile of mangled metal.
Al menos 21 muertos tras volcarse un bus en Perú
Un bus se ha volcado en la madrugada de este 31 de agosto a la altura del kilómetro 72 de la Carretera Central (Matucana, Perú), dejando al menos 21 fallecidos.#Peru #Accidente #Matucana #iranpress pic.twitter.com/r2zWLgbonJ
— SpanishIranpress (@Spainiranpress) August 31, 2021
Tuesday’s accident came just days after a similar crash occurred in a different part of the Andes, in the Peruvian province of Cotabambas. In that incident, a bus carrying mining workers went over the cliff edge as it navigated through a serpentine road on August 27.
— urbanismociudadzamora (@UrbCiudadZamora) August 29, 2021
The vehicle overturned and landed upside down after falling onto a lower section of the road, footage from the scene showed. The accident killed 16 people on board, injuring two more.
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