LIMA, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- A bus has plunged into a ravine in northern Peru, killing 22 people and injuring 19 more.
Information from the country's police department said the bus lost control "all of a sudden" when traveling in the northern province of Piura early Monday. It skid off the road and ended up at the bottom of a 200-meter deep ravine.
Police said the rescue operation was still going on, but work had been made very difficult by the remote location and the fact the bus frame had been twisted from the impact of the fall.
Since the bus driver died on the spot, the police said further investigation was needed to determine the cause of the accident.
Peru is notorious for its high incidence of road accidents, which on average kill more than 50,000 people and injure 500,000 each year.
Police records show poor roads, and unlicensed or drunk drivers are among the main causes of accidents.