23 dead in road accident hours before presidential elections
A bus trying to avoid an oncoming truck drove off a highway in a remote zone of south eastern Peru and tumbled into a river, killing at least 23 people, authorities said yesterday.
A local police commander told the area radio station that another 35 people were injured in the last Friday crash on a stretch of highway between Cusco and Puerto Maldonado.
A preliminary police investigation has shown that an oncoming truck crossed into the bus's lane and the bus driver swerved to avoid it, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and fall more than 20 metres into the Mapacho River.
Officers said most of the passengers were travelling from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco to cast their ballots in today's presidential election. Voting is obligatory in Peru and those who do not participate can be fined.