DEATH TOLL RISES TO 51 FROM BUS PLUNGING OVER CLIFF IN PERU

Rescuers finished pulling 51 bodies from the wreckage of a bus that tumbled over a cliff in Peru in one of the deadliest vehicle accidents in the nation’s history, authorities said Wednesday.

Nearly everyone on board was killed Tuesday after the passenger bus collided with a tractor trailer on a narrow stretch of highway known as the “Devil’s Curve.”

Firefighters and police worked for more than 24 hours to recover the remains, tying bodies onto stretchers and pulling them up the cliff with ropes. The bus landed on a rocky, isolated beach north of Lima with no road access.

Six survivors were taken to hospitals, including one man who told doctors he escaped harm by jumping out of a window moments before the bus fell into the abyss.

“The patient is totally stable with just some cuts and a fracture to his arm,” Dr. Victor Viru, director of the Chancay Hospital, told a local television station.

In a statement issued through the Roman Catholic Church in Peru, Pope Francis offered his condolences and prayers for “the eternal rest of the victims.”–The Associated Press

Source: National News Agency