Bus crash in Peru kills at least 8, injuries 50
At least eight people were killed and another 50 injured after a bus fell into a 100-meter chasm in central Peru's Chanchamayo province, said police on Monday, Xinhua reported.
The bus was traveling from the city of Satipo to Tingo Maria in the Peruvian Amazon on Sunday night, some 475 kilometers northeast of Lima.
According to local police, the bus of the travel company Tourism Central, collided with a truck that came in the opposite direction, before plunging the Tarma river at the bottom of the chasm.
Rescue teams from the Chanchamayo fire brigade and local police have so far recovered eight bodies but believe the death toll is likely to rise.
The injured people were taken to the La Merced Hospital nearby.
Fatalities caused by bus crashes are frequent in Peru owing to insufficient highway infrastructure and rugged territory in the Andean mountains.
In January, 52 people lost their lives when a bus fell into a 400-meter canyon on the infamous "Devil's Curve" in Pasamayo, 48 kilometers north of Lima.