A bus on a Peruvian highway.


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A bus on a Peruvian highway.

At least 16 people died and two others were injured this Friday after the fall of a bus off a cliff in the Andes of Peru, according to local media. The accident occurred around 1:00 p.m. local time (18:00 GMT), when a vehicle carrying workers from the mining company MMG Las Bambas, of Chinese capital, overturned near the community of Huallpachaca, in the province of Cotabambas, on the border of the Andean regions of Apurímac and Cusco. According to the first versions of the accident, the bus, which was heading to the city of Cusco, fell down an abyss of about 200 meters, heor that caused the death of 16 passengers, including the driver of the vehicle. Two other people were injured and were transferred to health centers in Cotabambas and hospitals in the Cusco region. Police officers, ambulances and even a helicopter arrived at the scene to carry out rescue work. Through a statement, the Las Bambas company expressed its “deep sorrow” at the death of its 16 employees, who, according to it, worked for contractor companies of said mining company. Accidents of this magnitude are common on the roads of Peru, caused mostly by the recklessness of drivers, the bad state of the roads and the vehicle fleet and the rugged conditions of the geography. Every year around 3,000 people die in traffic accidents in Peru, most of them due to run over, and some 55,000 are injured, according to figures from the National Road Safety Council.