LIMA: At least 20 people were killed and another 47 wounded after a bus plunged into a ravine in Peru on Friday.
The accident took place early on Friday, when the bus travelling between Paucartambo and Cusco city drove off the road and fell into the 200-metre (656-foot) ravine in Sipascancha Alta.
Injured survivors were taken to hospital in Cusco city, 570 miles (910 kilometres) southeast of Lima. The police said the cause of the accident was as yet unknown.
The area has no cell phone coverage, delaying the arrival of the police and the emergency services.
Highway accidents are common in Peru because of the poor condition of roads and the lack of regulation of the transportation sector.
According to official figures, about 3,500 people are killed each year in road accidents.
The Peruvian Health Ministry released a report in December 2010 that said that 19,225 people were killed and nearly 250-thousand were wounded in road accidents between 2005 and the first quarter of 2010. AGENCIES