Bus crashes down cliff in Peru killing 22 people

Ruth Doherty
Bus crashes down cliff in Peru killing 22 people
Bus crashes down cliff in Peru killing 22 people

Stock photo. A double-decker bus in Peru has crashed into a ravine killing 22 people. Getty

At least 22 people have been killed and another 19 injured after a bus crashed down an 250m cliff in the Andes.

The double-decker bus from the Civa transport company was travelling in the Huarmaca district of Peru, 500 miles north of the capital, Lima, when the driver - who died in the accident - lost control on a narrow and unsurfaced patch of road, according to the BBC.

Emergency services reportedly worked for hours in a bid to rescue the survivors and recover bodies from the 800ft-deep ravine.

A Spanish citizen is among the dead, while many of the survivors have been described as in a serious condition

The accident happened on the same day that six people were killed when a tourist bus crashed into a lorry on a highway near China's capital Beijing.

Five German nationals as well as a Chinese holidaymaker were killed, while 14 others were injured after the tourist bus rear-ended a container truck and caught fire on Monday morning on the expressway linking Beijing with Shanghai.

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