Bus veers off road and falls into river in central Peru, leaving 30 people dead, 9 missing

  • Updated: June 19, 2013 - 7:35 PM

LIMA, Peru — Police in central Peru say a bus veered off a highway and fell into a river, leaving at least 30 people dead and nine missing.

Highway Police chief Col. Rodorico Cubas says the bus was believed to be carrying 54 passengers when it went off the road on a curve and fell into the Tarma river in Junin province.

Cubas says emergency crews have recovered 30 bodies and rescued 14 or 15 injured survivors. He says nine people are unaccounted for and rescue efforts are continuing because there could be more bodies in the wreckage.

Television images of Wednesday's accident show a destroyed bus in the river.

Bus accidents on Peru's highways are common because of driver imprudence, the poor state of roads and the informality of the transportation sector.

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