Friday, 11 October 2013

10 killed in Peru bus crash

At least 10 people were killed and 25 injured Thursday when a bus crashed into a hillside in southeastern Peru, the police said.

The crash on a road linking the provinces of Arequipa and Puno came just four days after 19 people were killed when their bus went off a precipice in the southern Huancavelica province.

The cause of the latest crash was not known.

Arequipa's chief of traffic police said many of the injured were in serious condition.

In Peru, deadly crashes are common due to poorly maintained roads which zigzag through the Andes. The country’s bus drivers also have a reputation of driving dangerously, often with very little sleep.

There were 781 traffic deaths in the Andean nation in the first quarter of 2013 alone. According to official statistics, more than 4,000 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2012.

Friday 11 October 2013


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