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  • 05.07.2020
At least 48 dead, 6 injured in Peru crash

At least 48 dead, 6 injured in Peru crash

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At least 48 people were killed and six wounded when a bus plunged off a highway near the Pacific Ocean in an area north of Peru's capital Lima.

Local police say so far 48 people have been found dead and 14 bodies have been sent to the morgue in the city of Huaral.

"We are going up to another 10 over a 200-metre slope, 12 bodies are located safely and the remaining 12 others are still in the bus," head of police Hernan Valdivieso said.
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The emergency services worked all day to rescue the survivors and to locate the deceased among the twisted irons of the bus before the tide covered the vehicle near Pasamayo.

The head of information of the firefighters, Commander Lewis Mejia, told EFE that the rest of the bodies remain inside the damaged vehicle and that they will be taken out on Wednesday, when the rescue efforts are resumed.

Maria Elena Aguilar, the director of Alcides Carrion del Callao Hospital, where four of the injured have been hospitalised, said the patients have multiple fractures, but are now stable and are waiting to undergo operations.
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Two other survivors was transferred to other hospitals.

The accident happened on the Pan American Highway North about 45 kilometres from Lima in an area overlooking the ocean known as "The Devil's Curve."

According to highway patrol chief Dino Escudero, the bus, which was carrying 57 passengers, a driver and a female crew member, left the northern city of Huaura early on Tuesday for Lima.
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The accident occurred when the bus collided with a tractor-trailer and fell off the cliff.

The Minister of Transport says the first data taken from the GPS of the vehicles indicated speed may have been a factor.
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