Peru: 48 people killed after bus falls off cliff near Lima
48 people killed after bus falls off cliff near Lima

The bus collided with a truck at the Panamericana Norte highway just north of the capital city.

A bus collided with a truck on a highway north of the Peruvian capital city of Lima and fell off a cliff, killing 48 people. Six people survived the crash and are being treated, Reuters reported.

There are no direct roads to the beach where the bus fell. This complicated rescue efforts as rescuers had to climb down to the beach and fight the tide to recover the bodies, Al Jazeera reported.

“From the first moment I arranged all immediate support for the rescue of the victims in this emergency,” President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski tweeted.

The Panamericana Norte highway near the area of Pasamayo is accident prone. “It is a dangerous curve zone,” Colonel Dino Escudero, head of Lima’s Highway Control Division said.

More than 2,600 people were killed in road accidents in Peru in 2016, Al Jazeera reported.

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