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At least 33 dead in Peru bus crash

From Claudia Dominguez, CNN
updated 9:18 PM EDT, Sun April 14, 2013
The bus was carrying 43 seated passengers, but there were many others standing in the aisle, state media reported.
The bus was carrying 43 seated passengers, but there were many others standing in the aisle, state media reported.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The bus toppled off a mountain road and into a river, reports say
  • The death toll may rise
  • It happened early Saturday morning near the city of Trujillo

(CNN) -- A packed passenger bus tumbled into a river near the Peruvian city of Trujillo early Saturday, killing at least 33 people, state media reported, citing regional authorities.

The bus was carrying 43 seated passengers, but there were many others standing in the aisle, leading authorities to believe the death toll might rise, according to ANDINA, the state-run news agency.

Among the dead were many doctors and nurses, the agency reported.

Photos from the scene showed the mangled wreckage of the red bus in the middle of small rapids on the rocky Moche River, flanked on either side by steep green slopes.

The bus was heading from Huamacho to Trujillo when it went off the road and into the river, local police told ANDINA. Authorities believe the accident happened around 4:10 a.m. (5:10 a.m. ET), the agency reported.

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