At Least 32 People Dead After Bus Plummets Off Cliff in Peru

Rescue workers and police officers attend the place where a bus crashed, in Matucana, Peru, August 31, 2021. (REUTERS)

At least 32 people are dead after a bus plummeted off a cliff in Peru.

The bus left the road on a narrow stretch of the Carretera Central, about 60 kilometres east of the capital, Lima. It was the third multiple-victim accident in the past four days, officials said.

“Unfortunately, at the moment, there are 32 dead,” said police commander Cesar Cervantes.

A six-year-old boy and three-year-old girl are among the dead, police said.

There had been 63 passengers on the bus.

A search-and-rescue effort is under way for possible survivors and to recover bodies, the police department added on Twitter.

Mr Cervantes said “recklessness” contributed to Tuesday’s accident, adding the bus had been traveling “at high speed.”

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