At least 27 miners were killed and 16 others were injured when a bus collided head-on with an Andean road in the south of the country on Friday. Peru, Near the famous Nazca Lines, announced the mining company they worked for.
The accident happened in the mountains of the Ayacucho region, 450 km southeast of Lima, about 35 km from the highway between Nazca and Bukuio. This is the second fatal accident on the Andean Highway in the country in the last ten days.
“We are saddened that our colleagues fell to their deaths on the shore of a bus carrying 27 people,” Ares said in a statement as it left the Pallangatta mine near Areca to Arequipa.
The company said the bus, with 43 workers, left for Arequipa, a 500-kilometer journey of more than ten hours, due to roads in the Andean Mountains.
According to local media, the bodies of the victims who fell into the bus 400 meters into the abyss were scattered on a mountain face in this desert region.
Police and firefighters rushed to the scene and the injured were “taken to Nazca Hospital for emergency treatment,” the Andean state agency said.
RPP radio said 16 people were hospitalized with injuries.
Minnesota Ares is owned by the Hotchild Group, founded in Chile in 1911, expanded to other Latin American countries in the following decades and has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since 2006.
Accidents occur frequently on Peruvian highways, with high speeds, poor road safety, lack of signals and little control by authorities.
On Tuesday last week, 17 people were killed when a bus plunged into an abyss on the Andean Highway in the La Libertad area, about 500 km north of Lima.
According to the Ministry of Transport, from January to November 2020, 3,526 traffic accidents were reported on the highways of Peru.