Bus crash in Peru: 13 Killed

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:32 GMT, Dec 29, 2016 |

Thirteen Peruvians died Wednesday (December 28) in the township of Machente after a bus fell 300 metres (985) feet into a ravine.

The fatal accident occurred in the central Peruvian region of Ayacucho. The bus was headed towards Huanta, in the district of Ayna San Francisco, according to Peruvian media reports.

The road is treacherous as it leads to the heart of the VRAEM (Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valleys).

Local officials recounted their rescue efforts to local media.

“I just went there to check on it, carrying out the people who needed it. There are people who have yet to be identified. They don’t have papers on them. They are a total of 13 people, including four minors,” said Nilo Puchuri, the prosecutor for the Ayna San Francisco district.

In addition, one person is still unaccounted for in the accident.