Four tourists killed in minibus accident in Peru’s Cuzco region

A Spanish woman is among the injured, according to the Peruvian government

At least four tourists have died after the minibus in which they were traveling plunged into a ravine in the Peruvian department of Cuzco, which is home among other attractions to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu.

The vehicle, aboard which 20 people were traveling, plunged some 100 meters in the Abra Malaga area, apparently due to bad weather conditions. The head of the Police Division of La Convención, William Falcón Berrocal, has recognized that accessing the place of the accident “has been complicated”, according to the radio station RPP.

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The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism has confirmed in a statement the death of four of the passengers: three of Colombian nationality and a fourth Peruvian person. In addition, 16 people of various nationalities were injured, including a woman identified as Spanish.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be in charge of contacting the embassies and consulates of the countries with victims so that they can in turn notify their relatives.

The driver of the vehicle, who was also injured, is being held in custody while the circumstances of the accident are being clarified. The National Police has already opened an investigation.

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