A Tragic Bus Accident in Northwestern Peru Claims 25 Lives
A devastating bus accident in northwestern Peru has resulted in the loss of at least 25 lives, according to police. The bus, operated by the Qorianka Tours company, was traveling from Lima to Tumbes, located on the border with Ecuador, when it suddenly plunged off a cliff near the town of Organos.
The exact cause of the crash remains unknown, but reports indicate that several passengers were thrown from the bus while others were trapped inside. The survivors, who sustained injuries, were rushed to hospitals in El Alto and Mancora, two popular tourist destinations located approximately 1,000 kilometers north of Lima.
Traffic accidents are a major concern in Peru, with the CBS News reporting over 2,600 fatalities in 2016. This recent bus crash is a haunting reminder of another devastating accident that took place in 2018, in which at least 30 people lost their lives when a bus tumbled down a cliff along the “Devil’s Curve,” a narrow stretch of highway. Following this tragedy, the government took action and temporarily closed the highway to bus traffic.
In light of this recent tragedy, the people of Peru are once again faced with challenges, as the nation continues to be marred by ongoing protests and political unrest. The calls for the removal of President Dina Boluarte and the return to power of her predecessor have sparked deadly confrontations, casting the nation into a state of political turmoil.
As the country comes to terms with this latest tragedy, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the injured.