Highway landslide leaves 13 dead in central Peru
Posted by Colin Post on Jun 10, 2015 Leave a comment

Highway landslide leaves 13 dead in mountains east of Lima

Highway landslide leaves 13 dead in mountains east of Lima Photo credit: Andina

A mountain landslide buried a large passenger van on a rural highway in the Oyon province of Lima on Monday night, killing 13 of 15 passengers.

Three passengers were rescued alive under the large boulders and twisted metal of the van yesterday. They were transferred to hospitals in Lima and Huacho, but all of them died from their injuries. Among the deceased were at least one baby and one child.

Of the van’s 15 passengers en route from Churin to Huacho, only two survived.

Authorities suspect the landslide 60 miles northeast of Lima may have been caused by heavy construction on the mountain highway. A 30-hour rescue effort was hampered by the fact that moving the large boulders caused more rocks to fall from the mountain above.


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