At least 24 people, including two children, were killed when a bus plunged into a ravine while traveling on a rural road early Monday in Peru’s southern Andean state of Huancavelica, authorities said.
In a new report on the tragic incident, the Ministry of Health did not update the number of injured, but posted on social networks: “So far the death toll stands at 24, including two children. ‘
Initial police reports said 20 people were killed and 35 injured, several in critical condition.
The injured included four Venezuelans, three of them children between the ages of nine and three.
The accident occurred at around 2 a.m., when a bus carrying more than 50 passengers departing from the city of Huanta in Ayacucho province and bound for Huancayo in the Junin region fell off a cliff more than 200 meters high in the area. Anco, Huancavelica.
The seriously injured were transported to Wanta.
“We have been coming since dawn to assist the injured. Our health center has been destroyed,” Manuel Zeballos, the mayor of Anco district, told reporters.
Another accident in the same area on August 13 left 13 people dead and five seriously injured.
Accidents on Peru’s roads are common due to excessive speed, poor road conditions, lack of signage, and lack of control by authorities.