INTERNATIONAL

Peru Bus Accident

At least 48 people were killed in Peru after the bus they were riding collided with a truck along a precarious stretch known as the "devil's curve" and was thrown off a seaside cliff.

The bus was travelling from Huacho, 130 kilometers north of the capital, to Lima with 53 passengers on board when it went off the road about midday.

It plunged 100 meters and landed upside down on rocks at the edge of the sea.

A police helicopter winched some rescue workers down to the wreck of the blue bus while others made the precarious journey down on foot with the assistance of ropes.

The Navy sent a patrol boat to assist the rescuers trying to get everyone out before the tide rose.

At least six people were confirmed to have survived.

More than 2,500 people died in traffic accidents in Peru in 2016.