Dozens dead as bus careens off cliff following collision with truck in Peru

At least 36 people died on Tuesday when the bus on which they were traveling collided with a truck and careened off a cliff along a sharply curving highway north of the capital, Lima, local police said.

The accident took place on the Panamericana Norte highway near the area of Pasamayo.

Emergency personnel work at the site of an accident which occurred on Panamericana Norte highway in Peru.

“It’s a dangerous curve zone,” Colonel Dino Escudero, head of Lima’s highway control division, told local radio station RPP. He said the death toll could rise because the bus had been carrying 40 passengers.

Road accidents are common in Peru because of unsafe highways. Police are investigating Tuesday’s accident.

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