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23 dead and dozens injured after bus plunges down 300- foot cliff in southeastern Peru

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At least 23 people have been killed  after a bus plunged off a cliff in southeastern Peru.

Investigators said about 30 passengers suffered injuries following the accident in the mountainous city of Cusco.

The bus was traveling early Tuesday before sunrise from the Amazon rainforest city of Puerto Maldonado to Cusco when the driver veered off course. 

The coach was found laying upside down in a 300-foot deep slope in the district of Marcapata.

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Authorities in Cusco, Peru, said 23 passengers died when a bus plunged off a cliff Tuesday

Authorities in Cusco, Peru, said 23 passengers died when a bus plunged off a cliff Tuesday

An accident in southeastern Peru left 23 passengers dead and 30 injured when a bus plunged into a 300-foot deep slope

An accident in southeastern Peru left 23 passengers dead and 30 injured when a bus plunged into a 300-foot deep slope

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First responders tend to injured passengers moments after Tuesday bus accident in Peru

First responders tend to injured passengers moments after Tuesday bus accident in Peru

‘It is one of the violent accidents we have had,’ said officer José Huanca, a spokesperson for the Marcapata police department.

‘Heavy rains and rugged terrain made rescue efforts difficult.’

Tuesday bus accident comes after 19 people lost their lives after a minibus crashed against a hill in the Lima province of Canta on July 19. 

An officer with the Marcapata district police department said Tuesday's accident was the worse that he had ever seen

An officer with the Marcapata district police department said Tuesday’s accident was the worse that he had ever seen

Accidents on Peruvian routes are frequent due to rains, poor state of the roads, lack of signaling and poor control of the authorities.

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In 2018, about 3,245 people died in traffic accidents in Peru, 2,826 in 2017 and 2,696 in 2016. 

According to the Ministry of Transportation, nine Peruvians die daily in a traffic accident of which more than half are between the ages of 26 and 60. 

Traffic accidents on Peruvian routes are frequent due to rains, poor state of the roads, lack of signaling and poor control of the authorities

Traffic accidents on Peruvian routes are frequent due to rains, poor state of the roads, lack of signaling and poor control of the authorities

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