Peru bus plunge kills 51, including 14 children
LIMA, Peru (AP) - A makeshift bus carrying 51 Quechua Indians back from a party in south-eastern Peru plunged off a cliff into a river, killing everyone on board, including 14 children.
The accident occurred on Friday night as the red-and-yellow cargo truck made its way back from a party in the provincial capital of Santa Teresa, an area about 500 kilometres south-east of Lima. It went off the road and fell about 200 metres into a deep ravine, ending up in the Chaupimayo river below.
Rescuers equipped with little more than flashlights spent the night searching without success for survivors amid the twisted steel and large boulders, pulling bodies from the water. Authorities said bodies were found as far as 100 metres away from the impact site, suggesting they were thrown from the vehicle.
"We haven't found a single survivor," said firefighter Capt. David Taboada, who was leading the rescue operation.