- Title: PERU: RESCUE WORKERS CONTINUE WORK AT THE SITE OF A BUS CRASH
- Date: 2nd November 1996
- Summary: CASA PALCA, PERU (NOVEMBER 2, 1996) (RTV -- ACCESS ALL) 1. LV BUS ON SIDE OF MOUNTAIN 0.16 2. SV DESTROYED BUS/ LV RESCUE WORKERS AND RESIDENTS OF CASA PALCA AROUND THE BUS (2 SHOTS) 0.30 3. LV DEAD VICTIMS LINED UP ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD/ SV POLICE COUNTING AND INSPECTING (3 SHOTS) 0.45 4. CU HEAD OF POLICE OPERATIONS CAPTAIN MOYANO SAYING THAT THE BUS ACCIDENT HAPPENED YESTERDAY AROUND 5:00PM LOCAL TIME. THERE ARE AT THIS TIME 35 CONFIRMED DEAD AND 15 INJURED WHICH HAVE BEEN MOVED OUT TO NEARBY HOSPITALS (SPANISH) 1.19 5. LV/SV MORE OF BUS ON SIDE OF MOUNTAIN (4 SHOTS) 1.55 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: CASA PALCA, PERU
- Country: LATIN AMERICA Peru
- Duration: 00:01:56
- Story Text: INTRO: Peruvian rescue workers on Saturday continued work at the site of a bus crash that left at least 39 dead and another 18 injured.
Authorities lined the dead along the street as family members gathered searching for loved ones.
The bus drove off the narrow, winding central highway on Friday (November 1) and fell into the 980-foot (300-metre) ravine near the Ticlio mountain pass, 15,800 feet (4,815 metres) up in the Andes.
Accident operations Captain Moyano said the accident occured around 5 p.m. local time on Friday.
He said the injured had been taken to nearby hospitals.
Ticlio is one of the highest road passes in the world and is located about 74 miles (119 km) east of Lima.
Local radio reports put the death-toll late on Friday (November 1) at 41.
Another police source in La Oroya said the driver of the bus, en route to the highland town of Tarma then the eastern jungle region, apparently fell asleep at his wheel.
Police could not confirm how many passengers were on the bus, but said it was not "excessively" packed. The bus belonged to local company Santa Ana.
Friday's accident was the latest in a string of bad bus crashes this year in Peru that have killed hundreds of people and led civilian groups and opposition legislators to demand an urgent review of transport safety standards.
Two other bus crashes in the last month killed 50 people.
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