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Mar 30, 2015

18:08:41 GMT--Vehicle Accident - South-America - Peru

EDIS Number: VI-20150330-47552-PER

Date / time: 30/03/2015 18:06:00 [UTC]

Event: Vehicle Accident

Area: South-America

Country: Peru

State/County: Huamanga Province

Location: [Region of Ayacucho]

Number of Deads: 16 person(s)

Number of Injured: 20 person(s)

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Heavy


At least 16 people were killed and more than 20 others injured when a bus plunged into a ravine in the Peruvian region of Ayacucho, officials said Monday. Thirteen people were pronounced dead at the accident scene and three others died while being treated at a hospital, Dr. Carlos Saravia, director of the health service in the city of Puquio, told Canal N television. "The scene of the accident is a ravine and we can't get in there because it's about 500 meters (some 1,640 feet) and we don't have search and rescue gear," Saravia said. There are "probably (more) people who need to be rescued" at the accident scene, but "their condition cannot be confirmed," the health official said. "It's an area where these kinds of accidents always happen," Saravia said. Rescue teams have been sent to the area, which was affected by torrential rains in recent days, highway patrol chief Orfiles Bravo told Latina television. "Aiding the injured is difficult because of both the weather situation and the rough terrain," Bravo said. Preliminary reports said the bus went off the highway at 5:30 a.m. Monday at kilometer 148 of the road that links Nazca and Puquio. The cause of the accident has not been determined, officials said. A crash involving three buses and a truck killed 37 people and injured 70 others last week on a highway about 270 kilometers (167 miles) north of Lima. The accident rate in Peru's interior is extremely high due to the poor condition of roads, an obsolete bus fleet and drivers who obtain licenses on the "black market" by paying between $30 and $50, experts say.

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