Bus Traveling on 'Devil's Curve' in Peru Tumbles Down Cliff Killing At Least 48 People

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A bus in Peru carrying 57 passengers was struck by a truck and fell down 262 feet, killing at least 48 people.

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The bus was traveling along a highway known as the "Devil's Curve" because of it's narrow curve and frequent accidents when it was hit by a tractor-trailer. According to Claudia Espinoza from Peru's voluntary firefighter brigade, the bus tumbled off a cliff and landed upside down onto a rocky beach. Espinoza said the passengers in the crash included many who were returning to Lima after celebrating the New Year's holiday with family outside the city.

 

 

"It's very sad for us as a country to suffer an accident of this magnitude," said Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in a statement.

Traffic accidents are common along Peru's roadways, with more than 2,600 people killed in 2016. One of it's the deadliest crash was in 2013 when a bus carrying 51 Quechau Indians home from a party fell 650ft into Chaupimayo river killing everyone on board including 14 children.

Miguel Sidia, a transportation expert in Peru, said he called on authorities to immediately conduct studies into building a new highway farther from the cliff where the accident occurred.

 

 

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"As a Peruvian, it's shameful," he said.

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