The accident occurred during the night from Sunday to Monday, when the coach carrying more than 50 passengers heading to the Junin region left the road. President Dina Boluarte offered her “condolences to the families”.
At least 25 people, including two children, died in a bus accident that plunged into a ravine in the Andean region of Huancavelica, in southern Peru, authorities announced in an upwardly revised toll Monday. evening.
An initial report from the police reported 20 dead and 35 injured, then a press release from the Ministry of Health a little later in the morning announced 24 dead. Finally, at the end of the day on Monday, the toll rose to “25 dead and 34 injured,” said the Ministry of Defense.
The accident occurred on the night of Sunday to Monday, when the bus carrying more than 50 passengers from Huanta, in Ayacucho, to Huancayo, in the Junin region, left the road.
13 dead in a previous accident in the same region
Footage shows the damaged bus lying on its side near a river below the ravine, with debris and personal items strewn all around.
Peru’s President Dina Boluarte expressed her “condolences to the families” from New York where she is due to attend the 78th United Nations General Assembly. The Peruvian Episcopal Conference, for its part, urged the government to “conduct a serious investigation” in order to prevent such accidents from happening again.
On August 13, another accident in the same region left 13 dead and 5 seriously injured.
Road accidents are frequent in Peru due in particular to excessive speed and poor maintenance of roads, particularly in the mountains.
Source: BFM TV