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2013-10-14 09:52

TRUCK-CRASH TRAGEDY: A cargo truck plunged off a cliff in Peru killing 51 passengers, including 14 children. Image: YOUTUBE


Remember the Melmoth bus crash that claimed the lives of eight Zulu reed dancers in September 2013? South Africa doesn't have a monopoly on poorly maintained buses crashing and killing children - this makeshift party-bus travelling in Peru plunged off a cliff, killing everybody on board - 14 of them children. 

LIMA, Peru - A makeshift bus carrying 51 passengers from a party in Peru plunged off a cliff into a river killing everyone on board, including 14 children.

On October 11 2013 a cargo truck made its way back from a party in the provincial capital of Santa Teresa, veered off the road and fell about 200m into a deep ravine. The truck eventually crashed into the Chaupimayo river.

Video: Peru bus crash kills 51


Authorities said bodies were found as far as 100m from the impact site, suggesting they were thrown from the vehicle.

Firefighter captain David Taboada said: "We haven't found a survivor." The official official death toll is 51, including 14 children.

The cause of the crash hasn't been determined and Taboada said the vehicle was "coming from a party in Santa Teresa where a lot of alcohol was consumed".


Emergency crews put the recovered bodies on a soccer field above the crash wreckage.

Mayor Fedia Castro said rural farmers had to rely on informal transport such as this cargo truck since no public buses exist in the area. The high-altitude roads of the Peruvian Andes are notorious for bus plunges, with poor farmers and their family many of the victims.

In 2012,  more than 4000 people were killed in such crashes.
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