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19 killed, 16 injured in Peru road crash


10:25, July 11, 2013

LIMA, July 10 (Xinhua) -- At least 19 people were killed and 16 others injured Wednesday when a bus they were travelling in fell off a cliff in the Peruvian Andes, said the police.

The tragedy occurred early Wednesday on a stretch of highway known as "Mal Paso" (bad passage) near the town of Colcabamba in the Tayacaja province.

The bus was carrying 40 to 45 passengers when it lost control and plunged 300 meters into the cliff, said the Highway Police.

The driver of the bus appeared to have been competing with another bus of the same company to see which vehicle could pass first through a blind curve along the stretch of road, it said.

The accident site is distant and remote, a fact that hinders efforts to rescue the survivors and retrieve bodies.

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