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Peru bus crash kills 32

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  • 25 others were injured when bus skidded off mountain road
  • Bus was traveling in poor weather in country's north
  • Government launched safety initiative to reduce accidents in 2006
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(CNN) -- Thirty-two people were killed and 25 others injured when a bus skidded off a rain-slicked mountain road and tumbled into a ravine in northern Peru early Saturday, a transit police spokesman told CNN.

The bus was traveling in poor weather in the country's Cajamarca region when the crash occurred, said police spokesman Mario Machado.

A high frequency of road accidents in Peru prompted the government to launch a safety initiative in 2006 meant to improve road quality and reduce the number of transit-related fatalities.

Police would not comment on the conditions of those injured in Saturday's incident.

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