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17 dead after passenger bus plunges into ravine in Peru

By the CNN Wire Staff
A bus carrying more than 50 passengers in Peru has crashed into a river killing at least 17 people.
A bus carrying more than 50 passengers in Peru has crashed into a river killing at least 17 people.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • At least 20 people are injured
  • A doctor says six of them are in serious condition
  • Police are investigating the cause of the accident
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(CNN) -- At least 17 people were killed after a bus carrying more than 50 passengers plummeted into a ravine and plunged into a river in Peru, state media reported.

Rescuers were continuing to search for bodies hours after the crash Thursday, Peru's state-run Andina news agency said.

Dr. William Osorio told the agency that 20 people injured in the crash were at the Hermilio Valdizan de Huanuco Hospital -- with six of them in serious condition.

Police were still investigating the cause of the accident, which occurred on a highway in the central Peruvian region of Huanuco, Andina reported.

CNN affiliate America TV reported that the bus plummeted 200 meters into a river. It was traveling at an excessive speed and also carrying animals onboard, the affiliate said.

 
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