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Peru bus crash death toll climbs to 48; rescue operations underway

The death toll was expected to rise as many injured were reported to be in critical condition

ANI  |  Lima (Peru) 

Peru bus crash
In this photo provided by the government news agency Andina, firemen recover bodies from a bus that fell off a cliff after it was hit by a tractor-trailer rig, in Pasamayo, Peru | Photo: AP/PTI

The death toll of Tuesday's bus crash near the Peruvian capital has risen to 48.

Police authorities, who were quoted by Xinhua, said that around 36 bodies were retrieved from the crash site, while another 12 more were trapped inside the bus.

Six survivors of the crash, who were found during the rescue operations, were suffering from serious injuries.

The injured have been evacuated to hospitals in and other nearby places.

Earlier, at least 25 people were reportedly killed and several injured after a bus collided with a truck and plummeted off a steep cliff near Pasamayo, about 70 kilometres north of

The death toll was expected to rise as many injured were reported to be in critical condition. Police and firefighters are still continuing their rescue operations.

The bus was reportedly heading to from Huacho with 57 passengers on board when the incident happened on the Pan-American Highway.

First Published: Wed, January 03 2018. 16:13 IST
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