A bus falls into a cliff in Peru: at least 20 people killed
Steph Deschamps / February 11, 2022
At least 20 people, including a four-year-old girl, were killed and about thirty others injured when a bus fell into a precipice on a country road in northern Peru, authorities said Thursday.
The accident took place on Wednesday between the towns of Tayabamba and Trujillo, in the northern region of Libertad, regional authorities said. The bus went off the road and was thrown into a 100 meters deep precipice.
The alert was given only hours later, Tayabamba being one of the most isolated localities of this northern coastal region of the country.
The connection between Trujillo and Tayabamba is 340 km long, but the bus trip takes about 14 hours.
The poor condition of the road, which forced the driver to make a sudden maneuver, would be the cause of the accident, according to the local channel Canal N.
Road accidents in Peru are particularly frequent due to speeding, poor road conditions, lack of signage and weak controls by authorities.
On November 29, 10 people died after their minibus fell into a precipice, also in the north of Peru, a thousand km from Lima.