At least 25 people, including two children, were killed on Monday when a bus plunged from the side of a narrow mountain road in southeastern Peru, police said. A police official told AFP that the accident occurred just before dawn when the bus, travelling between the two Andean towns, plunged into a 200-metre (656-foot) deep gorge in the Huankevelica region. Defense Minister George Chávez said the death toll was 25 and 34 wounded.
Images from the scene showed the damaged bus lying on the bank of a river with debris and personal belongings strewn all around. Police and rescue workers searched the scene. In New York for the UN General Assembly, President Dina Boluart offered her condolences to the loved ones of the victims, who were killed and five seriously injured in an accident in the same region last month.
Accidents occur frequently on Peru's highways due to high speed, poor road conditions, lack of signage and poor implementation of traffic rules.
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