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Dozens killed in bus crash after ‘speeding’ driver plunged down 656ft valley

The tragedy happened near the town of Matucana, along Peru’s Central Highway, a corridor that connects the capital Lima to much of the central Andes, on Tuesday

The tragedy unfolded on Tuesday

Dozens have been killed in a horror crash in the Peruvian Andes after a bus driver, reported to have been speeding, plunged into an abyss.

The tragedy happened near the town of Matucana, along Peru’s Central Highway, a corridor that connects the capital Lima to much of the central Andes.

At least 29 passengers have died and 24 are said to have been injured after the smash in the early hours of Tuesday, authorities said.

The bus was carrying a total of 63 passengers, a police official told local news outlet Canal N.

One of the passengers, 24-year-old Clinton Bacilio, was traveling with his wife, Luz Tineo, who had to be rushed to hospital due to an injury.



Dozens were killed in the smash
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According to Peruvian newspaper El Comercio witnesses said the bus collided with a hill before losing control and plunging into a ravine of more than 200 meters.

Mr Bacilio, who survived the crash, told the publication that after an initial collision, the bus carried on its journey for several meters before falling.

He said: “I remember that the bus crashed and kept moving. My wife and I decided to hold on to the seat in case it suddenly overturned.









“At that moment the bus leans down. We got away from the seat, we walked around and the bus came sliding.”

According to the Superintendence of Land Transportation of People, Cargo and Merchandise, the last transmission of the GPS system on the bus reported it to be moving at ‘excessive speed’, the publication reports.

The accident is the second involving a bus plunging from a road in Peru in a matter of days, after a bus carrying mining workers in a different part of the Andes also fell off a cliff and killed 16 on Friday.

The two incidents are unrelated, although bus plunges are not uncommon in Peru, especially in the Andes.

The mountain range traverses the length of the country and its highways are often dangerous, overlooking tall cliffs.




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