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Dozens killed as bus plunges off ‘Devil’s Curve’ in Peru

A bus in Peru plunged more than 250 feet off a cliff Tuesday and crashed upside down on a rocky beach below — killing at least 30 people, according to officials.

The accident unfolded on a tiny stretch of highway known as the “Devil’s Curve” — located just north of Lima, Peru’s capital.

“There is a large number of fatal victims,” Col. Dino Escudero, head of Lima’s highway control division, told reporters.

“The police and firefighters are working to rescue the victims of the crash, but we believe the death toll could rise,” he said.

The bus was reportedly struck by a semi-truck — which sent it tumbling over the side of the cliff, according to Peruvian officials.

It was said to be carrying 57 passengers at the time of the crash and was on its way to Lima from Huacho, which is about 80 miles north of the capital.

Escudero told RPP radio that the bus fell 262 feet onto the beach below.

Photos posted on social media showed the devastating aftermath, with most of the blue and white bus appearing to be destroyed.

In several pictures, the bodies of passengers can be seen scattered along the rocky shore.

Rescuers were reportedly having a hard time reaching the victims, on account of there being no roads leading directly to the beach.

Espinoza said that police and firefighters were able to transport at least five people with serious injuries to a nearby hospital.

The stretch of road where Tuesday’s accident happened is located on the Pan-American Highway. It is known as the “Devil’s Curve” due to it’s treacherous conditions and numerous accidents.

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Source: https://nypost.com/2018/01/02/dozens-killed-as-bus-plunges-off-devils-curve-in-peru/

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