Peru bus crash kills 29 after ‘speeding’ driver plummets down 656ft ravine

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Dozens have been killed after a "speeding" bus reportedly crashed into a rock before plunging down a 656ft ravine, authorities said.

The bus carrying 63 passengers tragically fell near the town of Matucana in the Peruvian Andes with unconfirmed reports that those on board were asking the driver to slow down.

So far 29 people have been confirmed dead with a further 24 injured in the crash at around 4am on Tuesday, reports El Comercio.

The bus was travelling to the Peruvian capital Lima when it is understood the vehicle smashed into a rock before the driver lost control.

Clinton Presentation Bacilio, a 24-year-old young man who survived the accident, told El Comercio that after an initial collision, the bus continued its journey several meters before falling.

He said: “I remember that the bus crashed and kept moving. Me and my partner decided to hold on to the seat in case something suddenly turns around because something happens, at that moment the bus leans down.

We got away from the seat, we walked around and the bus came sliding."

Clinton's partner, Luz Merlina Tineo, was one of the passengers taken to hospital after the horrific incident.

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The injured were rushed to Matucana Hospital and Chosica Hospital.

The publication reported that according to the Superintendency of Land Transportation of People, Cargo and Merchandise the last transmission of the GPS system of the bus indicated that it was moving at excessive speed.

It also suggested that this was not the first time that the vehicle was caught for speeding after an offence in May.

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According to the Mail Online the limit for passenger buses on Peru highways is 55 miles per hour with the transportation department issuing 77,511 speeding violations between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021.

The accident is the second involving a bus plunging from a road in Peru in a matter of days, after a bus carrying mining workers in a different part of the Andes also fell off a cliff and killed 16 on Friday.

The two incidents are unrelated, although bus plunges are not uncommon in Peru, especially in the Andes.

The mountain range traverses the length of the country and its highways are often dangerous, overlooking tall cliffs.

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