Passenger bus plunged into a river: 23 dead


Passengers traveling on a scheduled bus in Peru from the southern region of the Country from Madre de Dios towards the city of Cusco, a major Andean mountain travel and tourism destination and the gateway to Machu Picchu were involved in a tragic accident on Friday.

At least 23 people were killed and more than 30 injured when the bus in which they were traveling plunged over a ravine into a river below, authorities said on Saturday.

Police said the accident happened on Friday after the driver lost control as he attempted to avoid a truck swerving across the highway, bus company Civa said in a statement.

Deadly road accidents are common in Peru, where enforcement of passenger limits is minimal and many rural routes, often along high passes, are in poor condition.