Peru coach plunges off Pan-American Highway killing dozens

Pauline Gross
February 23, 2018

Last month, 52 people died and a dozen others were injured after a bus collided with a truck and fell off a cliff near Pasamayo on the Pan-American Highway.

A passenger list suggests at least 45 people had signed up for the journey but police say the number of dead and injured suggests more passengers had boarded the coach along the way.

Arequipa police chief General Walter Ortiz "confirms 44 deaths", the interior ministry said on its Twitter account, updating an earlier toll of 35.

About two dozen people were injured. Road accidents are common in the country, where roads are considered unsafe and bus drivers often lack training.

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At least 36 people were killed in a bus accident in Peru.

Emergency officials transferred the injured to area hospitals.

The cause of the accident remains unknown, however Jacqueline Choque, head of the Office of National Defence and Civil Defence of the Regional Government of Arequipa shared her views with RPP News.

The accident took place at kilometer 780 of the Pan-American highway, near the Ocoña bridge in Peru's southern Arequipa province.

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