15 killed, 58 injured in Peruvian bus accident

Authorities in Peru say an overcrowded passenger bus has fallen into a ravine in the Andes Mountains, killing at least 15 people and injuring 58, some seriously.

Lima: Authorities in Peru say an overcrowded passenger bus has fallen into a ravine in the Andes Mountains, killing at least 15 people and injuring 58, some seriously.

Ancash province health director Carlos Segovia says that among the dead is a 1-year-old baby. The accident took place on a mountain highway in Mayorarca, Ancash before noon yesterday.

Segovia said the overcrowded bus flipped over and plunged into an abyss about 216 kilometers (134 miles) northeast of Peru`s capital, Lima.
In October, 51 Quechua farmers died in southeastern Peru in the country`s worst highway accident in three decades.
The high-altitude roads of the Peruvian Andes are notorious for bus plunges, with poor farmers comprising many of the victims. Last year, more than 4,000 people were killed in such accidents.