At least 22 persons were killed in Peru after the coach in which they were traveling plunged off a cliff on the Pan-American Highway. The accident, according to emergency officials, occurred near the Ocaño bridge in Peru's southern Arequipa province at 1:30 a.m. local time.
Local media reported that the coach was traveling from the town of Chala to the city of Arequipa when the vehicle fell from a height anywhere between 80 meters (260 feet) and 200 meters (650 feet). The coach, which belonged to the Rey Latino company, had a passenger list of at least 45 travelers, according to the BBC.
However, more travelers could have joined the coach en route.
Jacqueline Choque, a civil defense official from Arequipa, said she was informed that more than 30 people had lost their lives. Speaking to Peru's RPP News she said “17 or 18 people” had been rescued and taken to a hospital.
The cause of the accident has yet to be verified.
Another deadly accident occurred on the Pan-American Highway almost two months ago when a truck driver clipped a tour bus causing it to veer off the road and fall down a cliff. The accident occurred just north of the Peruvian capital of Lima.
A total of 52 people died in the accident. Six people survived the fall, including Maximo Jimenez Vilcayaure, who leaped out of a window just before the bus plunged off the cliff. The other survivors were tossed from the wreckage and were treated at local hospitals for multiple fractures.