Bus crash in Peruvian Andes kills 20, injures 12

October 26, 2006 23:45

A passenger bus crashed down an embankment in Peru's southern Andes on Thursday, killing at least 20 people and injuring 12, police said. The accident occurred on a highway connecting the village of Majes with Peru's second-largest city, Arequipa, about 850 kilometers southeast of the capital of Lima. "The number of victims we have from this accident is 20," said a police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with reporters. The officer had previously told The Associated Press that 11 bodies were found around the crash and four others were visible within the twisted wreckage, but that rescue workers were still searching through debris.

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