Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Péru: Twenty-Two Killed, 16 Injured When Rural Connector Bus Suddenly Drifts Off Roadway

According to EFE, at least 22 people were killed and 16 others injured when a rural connector bus suddenly left the roadway in the northern region of  Piura. The accident occurred at 1600 hours on Monday (September 1) at kilometer 45 on the Fernando Belaunde Terry highway in Huarmaca district.

The bus was traveling from Tarapoto, a city in the jungle region of San Martín, to Chiclayo, a province in the coastal region of Lambayeque.

COMMENT: It is unknown as to why the bus suddenly left the roadway and plunged into a 200-meter (650-foot) ravine, although this posting will be updated as new information becomes available.

In keeping with our mission to help travelers reduce their risks while traveling abroad, I continue to alert our readers to the severe risks of traveling by rural connector bus in developing countries, where most fatal accidents are attributed to (1) driver fatigue; (2) driver inexperience; (3) poor mechanical condition; and (4) adverse weather conditions.

This accident is also a reminder to foreign travelers that rural bus travel in developing countries is a risk-rich proposition that I don't subscribe to at all. 

Alternatively, it is far better to hire an off-duty luxury hotel driver who has his own vehicle in good working condition than to place your life into the hands of a dubious driver of unknown experience working for less than minimum wage.