LIMA – At least seven people died and more than 50 sustained injuries on Saturday when a bus fell into a ravine in the central Peruvian region of Huanuco, according to Peru’s National Emergency Operations Center.
Rescue teams formed of police and firefighters arrived at the site of the accident and helped evacuate those injured to hospitals around Huanuco.
The bus was estimated to be carrying more than 60 people including the driver and co-driver.
#COENInforma Accidente de bus ocurrido esta madrugada en carretera Federico Basadre, distrito de San Isidro, Huánuco, deja hasta el momento 7 fallecidos y más de 50 heridos. @bomberosPE y @PoliciaPeru apoya rescate y traslado a hospital de Tingo María. | @Indeciperu @Minsa_Peru pic.twitter.com/h0TsrpZ8j8
— COEN Perú (@COENPeru) August 11, 2018
It left the city of Pucallpa, in the eastern region of Ucayali, and destined for Tingo Maria, around 155 miles west.
Police said that for unknown reasons, the coach plunged into a ravine 150 meters deep while traveling along the Federico Basadre highway.
More than 100 people have been killed in three major bus accidents in the South American country.