16 dead as bus plunges into ravine in Peru

LIMA (AFP) - At least 16 people were killed and another 15 were injured on Wednesday when an intercity bus plunged into a ravine in southern Peru, police said.

"We have recovered 16 bodies and another 15 people were injured," police officer Jose Paredes told Agence France-Presse from Huancavelica, the region in Peru's Andean south.

The cause of the latest deadly crash was under investigation, Mr Paredes said.

On July 1, a bus fell into a ravine outside the capital Lima, killing 19 and injuring 15.

Highway fatalities occur regularly in the Andes, where crowded buses travel along narrow, twisting and ill-paved roads.