Buses collide in Peru, killing at least 17 people

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:53 GMT, Aug 11, 2016 |

Some 17 people died and another 29 were injured when two passenger buses collided on the southern coast of Peru, local authorities reported on Wednesday (10th Aug).

The accident took place just before midnight on Tuesday (9th Aug) on kilometre 429 of the Panamericana Sur highway when a bus travelling from the city of Ica to the town of Nazca hit another bound for Lima.

Fire-fighters could be seen at the scene removing debris. Some bodies had to be removed from twisted metal. Victims were placed on the ground and covered with blankets.

According to local media, 16 people – including the bus drivers – died at the scene of the accident. A child died on the way to the hospital.

At least 10 remains hospitalised while all others have been discharged, according to local media reports. The seriousness of their injuries is unknown. Authorities are investigating the accident.

Deadly road accidents are common in Peru, where enforcement of passenger limits and driver competence is minimal and many rural routes are in poor condition.