29 Killed As Bus Plunges Off Cliff In Peru

 

Twenty-nine passengers died, including a child, and more than 20 were injured when a bus plummeted from a cliff in Peru early Tuesday, officials said, in the country’s third multiple-victim transport accident in four days.

The accident happened on a narrow stretch of the Carretera Central road some 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of the capital Lima.

Police commander Cesar Cervantes told TV Peru there was a child among the dead and two among the injured. There had been 63 passengers on the bus, and local official Freddy Laorte said 29 of them had perished.

A search and rescue effort was underway for possible survivors and to recover bodies, the police department added on Twitter.

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Cervantes said “recklessness” contributed to Tuesday’s accident, adding that the bus had been traveling “at high speed.”

It hit a rock and plunged into an abyss some 200 meters (650 feet) deep, according to survivor accounts.

On Sunday, 14 people died when two boats collided on the Amazon river in Peru.

An undetermined number remains missing.

Two days earlier, another bus fell into a ravine in the country’s southeast, killing 17 people.

Road accidents are common in the Andean country due to factors including speeding motorists, poorly maintained highways, a lack of road signs and poor traffic safety enforcement.

More Dead Bodies Recovered From Ebonyi River

Several killed as bus plunges into river in Ebonyi State.

 

Search teams have recovered more bodies from the Akaeze River, where a bus carrying over 30 passengers plunged into last Friday in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

The leader of the rescue team, Jonah Ejem, confirmed to Channels Television that four more bodies were recovered on Monday afternoon.

As of Saturday, 15 bodies were recovered, while four others were pulled out from the river on Sunday.

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According to Ejem, efforts are still ongoing to ensure that the remaining bodies are recovered as the state government is providing all the facilities and support to the search team.

The incident happened on Friday evening when a coaster bus plunged into the river.

14 Killed In Nepal Pilgrimage Bus Crash

 

At least 14 people died after a bus carrying pilgrims veered off a highway and rolled down a steep slope in central Nepal Sunday, officials said, the latest deadly traffic accident in the Himalayan nation.

Police said the bus carrying 32 passengers plunged 70 metres (230 feet) onto a lower stretch of the winding road in Sindhupalchowk district, around 80 kilometres north-east of the capital Kathmandu.

“We have recovered the bodies of 12 passengers from the accident,” police officer Prajwal Maharjan told AFP, adding that two others had died in hospital.

Four of the dead were children, traffic police added.

Some 18 passengers who were injured were taken to hospital, with officials unclear if the bus driver was among them or had fled the scene of the crash.

The passengers were returning from a pilgrimage to Kalinchowk Bhagawati, a popular Hindu temple located at a heigh of almost 4000 metres in the hills of Nepal’s Dolakha district, around 140 kilometres east of Kathmandu.

The cause of the accident was not yet known, but police said reckless driving down the steep and winding road could have been a key factor.

Deadly traffic accidents are relatively common in the impoverished Himalayan nation because of poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

At least 18 passengers were killed when a bus plunged into a gorge in central Nepal last month.

Bus Accident Kills 22 In Northern Tunisia – Ministry

 

A bus carrying Tunisian tourists crashed in the country’s north on Sunday, killing 22 people and injuring 21, the country’s interior ministry said.

The bus was travelling through the mountainous Ain Snoussi region when it plunged into a ravine, the ministry said, adding that all those aboard were Tunisians.

20 Dead In DR Congo Bus Accident

 

20 people were killed early Sunday when a packed bus came off the road on a highway west of the DR Congo capital Kinshasa and burst into flames, a local official said.

“The provisional toll is 20 dead,” Didier Nsimba, deputy administrator of Mbanza-Ngungu territory told AFP.

The bus, laden with people and goods, was traveling from Lufu to Kinshasa when the brakes failed, he said.

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An injured passenger who gave her name as Nacha said more than 100 people had been in the vehicle at the time, and many bodies were burned beyond recognition.

Mbanza-Ngungu is located about 150 kilometres (90 miles) west of Kinshasa on Highway 1, a road with a notorious reputation for deadly accidents.

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Four Killed As Bus Carrying Chinese Tourists Crashes In US

 

At least four people were killed and up to 15 others critically injured when a bus transporting Chinese tourists crashed on Friday near Bryce Canyon National Park in the western US state of Utah, local authorities said.

The Utah Highway Patrol said the crash took place in the morning about seven miles from the park entrance, forcing the road to be shut as ambulances and rescue vehicles rushed to the site.

It said a total of 30 people, including the driver, were on board the bus as it headed to the famous park.

“Four have been killed 12-15 with critical injuries and 10 more with minor to serious injuries,” the Highway Patrol said in a tweet.

It posted pictures of the mangled bus, with its roof partly caved in, lying on the side of the main highway leading to the park entrance.

“The bus was traveling east bound when it ran off the road and rolled into the guardrail,” the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook message that described the crash as “horrible.”

It said the injured were transported to various hospitals, some by helicopter.

China’s embassy in Washington said on Twitter that it had initiated its emergency protocols and sent personnel to assist the victims.

Utah Governor Gary Hart expressed sadness over the tragedy.

“My heart sank when I heard the news that a tour bus crashed near Bryce Canyon,” he said in a tweet. “I grieve with all who lost loved ones in this crash and I’m grateful for the quick work of first responders, as well as all those who are volunteering to act as translators.”

Bryce Canyon is one of the most visited national parks in the US, attracting some 1.5 million tourists every year.

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23 Dead As Bus Carrying Students In Nepal Crashes

 

Twenty-three people died in western Nepal when a bus carrying school students and teachers back from a botanical field trip plunged into a gorge, police said.

The students were aged mostly between 16 and 20. Two teachers and the driver also died in the accident early evening on Friday in a remote area.

The vehicle was carrying 37 people, with 22 killed at the scene and another in a nearby hospital. Fourteen people were treated for injuries.

“Our preliminary investigation shows the cause of the incident was speed,” police officer Bel Bahadur Pandey told AFP.

Road accidents are relatively common in Nepal because of poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

The latest comes a week after a truck accident in central Nepal killed 20 mourners returning from a funeral ritual.

PHOTOS: Train, Commercial Bus Collide In Lagos

Photo of Agege accident. Source: LASEMA

 

A train and a commercial bus on Friday collided in the Agege area of Lagos State.

The Rapid Respond Squad confirmed the incident via its Twitter handle, as officials from the agency as well as the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) were immediately deployed to the scene.

While details remain sketchy, the RRS says one person may have been killed in the incident.

10 Dead In Bus Accident Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

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Ten passengers were on Tuesday killed while travelling in a commercial bus from Abeokuta to Ibadan the Oyo State capital.

The accident occurred along the Lagos/ Ibadan expressway when the bus they were traveling in collided with a truck.

Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) in Ogun State, confirmed the tragic incident explaining that it occurred around 8.00 p.m. on Tuesday, adding that speeding and negligence on the part of the truck driver caused the accident.

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The truck driver he said, only sustained injury in the accident.

“The truck with registration number BDG 7I4 XE was coming from Ibadan inward Abeokuta, while the Toyota Litace marked EKY I85 XH was traveling to Ibadan outward Abeokuta.

“Due to speed and negligence on the part of the truck driver, it had head on collision with the bus, leading to the accident that claimed the lives of all the passengers in the bus.

“Eleven people were involved in the crash; two females and eight males died in the accident, while driver of the truck was the only one injured,” he said.

The TRACE spokesman said that the corpses of the victims had been deposited at the Adeoyo Hospital Morgue in Ibadan, while the injured are receiving treatment in the same hospital.

Three Dead As Bus Plunges Into River

accident1Three people have been reported dead as a luxury bus plunged into Majidun River in Mile 12 area of Lagos in the early hours of Friday.

The bus was said to have been travelling from the eastern part of Nigeria.

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rescue operations by emergency officials

Officials of the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA), as well as other agencies on ground, made the confirmation as they carried out rescue operations.

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Emergency officials attempting to rescue victims

Explaining how the rescue operation were carried out, the General Manager of LASEMA, Tiamiyu Adesina, stated that the accident occurred at about 4:30 am and his men responded as soon as they were called.

Speaking of what could have resulted in the accident, he said: “The driver probably did not understand the road very well, came to that junction, suddenly applied the brake and of course he lost control and ran into the water.

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General Manager (LASEMA) – Tiamiyu Adesina

“The first set of people that we brought out, many of them had injuries which were treated here by our medics team.

“Two people died immediately and we recovered their bodies, we followed up with the recovery of the vehicle, the load is intact and we are trying to take record of the luggage that were found in the bus.

“But shortly before I came here, another body was recovered from the water bed; so in total we have three dead bodies”.