Thursday, December 26, 2013

Perú: Eleven Killed, 35 Others Injured in Rural Bus Crash in Ancash

Eleven people were killed and 35 others injured Thursday (December 26) when a rural bus ran off the road and tumbled 30 meters (98 feet) to the bottom of a ravine in northern Perú’s Ancash region.

The accident occurred shortly before 1100 hours in Cajacay district on the road linking the cities of Huaraz and Pativilca, a police spokesman told EFE.

COMMENT: It is entirely possible that the fatalities from the bus crash could very well increase. Those injured were taken to area hospitals.

It is estimated that roughly seventy Peruvians are killed each week on mountainous country roads where many roads are constructed of only one lane and lack guard rails. That means that upwards of 3,640 citizens die annually from collisions attributed to excessive speed, driver fatigue or the poor vehicular maintenance.

Needless to say, I strongly discourage foreign travelers from riding on rural buses given the high death toll from bus crashes alone.