LIMA, Peru — At the very least 30 folks had been killed when a bus tumbled down a cliff onto a rocky seaside Tuesday alongside a slender stretch of freeway referred to as the “Satan’s Curve,” Peruvian police and fireplace officers mentioned.
The bus was carrying 57 passengers to Peru’s capital when it was struck by a tractor trailer shortly earlier than midday and plunged down the slope, mentioned Claudia Espinoza with Peru’s voluntary firefighter brigade.
The blue bus got here to relaxation the wrong way up on a slender strip of shore subsequent to the Pacific, the lifeless our bodies of passengers strewn among the many rocks.
“There may be a lot of deadly victims,” Col. Dino Escudero instructed RPP radio.
Rescuers had been working to drag victims from the hard-to-reach space in Pasamayo, about 70 kilometers (43 miles) north of Lima.
Dozens killed after bus plunges over ‘Satan’s Curve’ in Peru
No street leads on to the seaside, complicating rescue efforts, Espinoza mentioned, although police and firefighters managed to move 5 survivors with critical accidents to a close-by hospital.
Site visitors accidents are widespread alongside Peru’s roadways, with greater than 2,600 folks killed in 2016. Greater than three dozen died when three buses and a truck collided in 2015 on the primary costal freeway. Twenty folks had been killed in November when a bus plunged off a bridge right into a river within the southern Andes.
Espinoza mentioned the passengers in Tuesday’s crash included many who had been returning to Lima after celebrating the New Yr’s vacation with household exterior the town.
The freeway is named the “Satan’s Curve” as a result of it’s slender, incessantly shrouded in mist and curves alongside a cliff that has seen quite a few accidents.