A bus careened off a mountain road in Peru and plunged 165 feet into a jungle river, killing 49 people and injuring 15 others, police said yesterday. Peru's leading daily newspaper...
LIMA, Peru A bus careened off a mountain road in Peru and plunged 165 feet into a jungle river, killing 49 people and injuring 15 others, police said yesterday.
Peru’s leading daily newspaper, El Comercio, said survivors told authorities the driver lost control of the bus in a heavy rainstorm Sunday while speeding across a bridge over the Yurac River 215 miles northeast of Lima.
The bus was headed from Lima to the jungle town of Pucallpa, about 300 miles to the northeast, police said. There were no foreign passengers on board. Four children were among the dead.
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Bus crashes are common in Peru, where drivers frequently speed and pass vehicles along blind mountain curves. The government said 208 people died in bus crashes in the first six months of this year.
Last month, a bus plunged almost 500 feet off a mountain highway, killing 17 people. Five days earlier, a bus had plunged more than 650 feet, killing at least 28 people and injuring 28 others.