Peru bus plunge kills 51-A A +A
Sunday, October 13, 2013
LIMA, Peru -- A makeshift bus carrying 51 Quechua Indians, including 14 children, plunged off a cliff into a river, killing everyone on board.
Authorities said bodies were found as far as 330 feet (100 meters) away from the impact site, suggesting they were thrown from the vehicle.
"We haven't found a single survivor," said firefighter captain David Taboada, who was leading the rescue operation.
The accident occurred Friday night(Saturday Philippine time) as the red-and-yellow cargo truck made its way back from a party in the provincial capital of Santa Teresa.
The bus went off the road and fell about 650 feet (200 meters) into a deep ravine, ending up in the Chaupimayo river below.
Firefighters placed the recovered bodies on a soccer field above where the crash took place. Relatives of the victims arrived to identify their loved ones.
Taboada said the cause of the accident is still under investigation.
The high-altitude roads of the Peruvian Andes are notorious for bus plunges. In 2012, more than 4,000 people were killed in similar accidents. (AP)