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15 killed, 58 injured in Peruvian bus accident

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 8:41pm  ET

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Authorities in Peru say an overcrowded passenger bus has fallen into a ravine in the Andes Mountains, killing at least 15 people and injuring 58, some seriously.

Ancash province health director Carlos Segovia says that among the dead is a 1-year-old baby.

The accident took place on a mountain highway in Mayorarca, Ancash before noon on Thursday.

Segovia said the overcrowded bus flipped over and plunged into an abyss about 216 kilometers (134 miles) northeast of Peru's capital, Lima.

In October, 51 Quechua farmers died in southeastern Peru in the country's worst highway accident in three decades.

The high-altitude roads of the Peruvian Andes are notorious for bus plunges, with poor farmers comprising many of the victims. Last year, more than 4,000 people were killed in such accidents.

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