48 killed in Devil's Curve bus plunge

World | 4 Jan 2018

A bus has plunged over a seaside cliff in Peru, killing at least 48 people after a collision with a truck on a precarious stretch known as the "Devil's Curve."

The bus was traveling from Huacho, 130 kilometers north of the capital, to Lima with 55 passengers and two crew on board when it went off the road about midday.

It plunged 100 meters and landed upside down on rocks at the edge of the sea.

The incident "left at least 48 victims" dead, the statement posted on the Interior Ministry's website said.

Efforts to recover bodies from the overturned vehicle were suspended at nightfall because the tide had risen and reached the bus, the police said.

A police helicopter had winched some rescue workers to the wreck of the bus while others made the precarious journey down on foot with the assistance of ropes.

The navy sent a patrol boat to assist the rescuers trying to get everyone out before the tide came in. There were several survivors.

The Pasamayo highway on which the tragedy occurred is only used by trucks and buses, as cars travel a different route. It is a dangerous sea-hugging road where fog is frequent and high humidity can make the road slippery.

The bus driver had a lot of experience, said Luis Martinez, a representative of Transportes San Martin de Porres, which owned the bus. He could not confirm whether the driver had died.

Agence France-Presse

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