Wrecked: Bus Crashes 328ft Into Canyon Killing 23 People

Story ByAngjela TrajkovskaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

This image shows the mangled wreck of a bus that crashed 328 feet off a road and into a deep canyon killing at least 23 people and injuring 30 others.

Picture Credit: CEN

The incident took place at around 3am on 1st October in the district of Marcapata in the province of Quispicanchi in the southern Peruvian region of Cusco.

According to local media, the bus came off the road and fell 100 metres (328 feet) into a canyon.

Initial reports had the death toll at 17, but this has since increased to 23 since the accident occurred on Tuesday.

The police and paramedics had difficulties reaching the victims in the deep gorge, but managed to help the survivors be transferred to nearby hospitals, according to reports.

Picture Credit: CEN

The bus was travelling from the city of Puerto Maldonado in the region of Madre de Dios to the city of Cusco.

The reason for the accident is still unclear and investigators are trying to establish whether it occurred due to the bad weather conditions and thick fog in the area at the time, or whether the driver was somehow culpable.

Meanwhile, the local authorities are trying to identify the dead victims.

The investigation continues.

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Angjela Trajkovska

I am a journalist and subeditor working for Central European News.

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