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Bus crashes into ravine, killing 33

January 11, 2009

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— Peruvian police say at least 33 people are dead and 23 injured after a bus ran off a remote, rain-slicked mountain road.

Local police Capt. Jose Cotillo, who is involved in the rescue, told broadcaster Radioprogramas that rainy conditions made for poor visibility when the vehicle plunged into a ravine before dawn Saturday.

Highway police commander William Vasquez said the bus was traveling to the northern city of Querocoto.

There was no word on the condition of the injured, who were being taken to hospitals.

Bus crashes are common in the mountains of Peru, where most roads are unpaved.

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