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January 2, 2018 9:28 pm
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At least 30 people were killed Tuesday when a bus crashed over the side of a cliff while driving on a road in Peru, local authorities said.

57 passengers were on the bus and traveling to Lima, Peru’s capital, when the vehicle was hit by a tractor-trailer rig, sending it over the side of a cliff, according to Claudia Espinoza with the volutary firefighter brigade.

The bus landed upside down on a rocky beach in Pasamayo, which is north of Lima and borders the Pacific Ocean. The highway is known as the “Devil’s Curve” because it is narrow, frequently shrouded in mist and curves along a cliff that has seen numerous accidents.

In this photo provided by the government news agency Andina, rescue workers surround an injured man on a stretcher who was lifted up from the site of a bus crash at the bottom of a cliff, after the bus was hit by a tractor-trailer rig in Pasamayo, Peru, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. A Peruvian police official says at least 25 people died, and that there were more than 50 people on the bus. (Vidal Tarky, Andina News Agency via AP)

Rescue workers surround an injured man on a stretcher who was lifted up from the crash site on the beach.  (Vidal Tarky, Andina News Agency via AP)

Police Col. Dino Escudero told local radio company RPP that there is “a large number of fatal victims.” 

Escudero said the driver lost control of the vehicle due to the collision and authorities have opened an investigation into the incident, BBC reported.

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Rescuers were working to pull victims from the hard-to-reach area. BBC reported that a helicopter was also being used to rescue people.

In this photo provided by the government news agency Andina, rescue workers load an injured man on a stretcher after he was retrieved from a bus that fell off a cliff after it was hit by a tractor-trailer rig, in Pasamayo, Peru, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. A Peruvian police official says at least 25 people died, and that there were more than 50 people on the bus. (Vidal Tarky/Andina News Agency via AP)

Rescue workers load an injured man on a stretcher after he was retrieved from the bus.  (Vidal Tarky/Andina News Agency via AP)

There aren’t any roads leading directly to the beach, complicating rescue efforts, Espinoza said. However, police and firefighters managed to transport five survivors with serious injuries to a nearby hospital.

Many of the passengers involved were returning to the city after celebrating New Year’s with family outside the city.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

 
 

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