LIMA – At least 17 people, the majority of them children, died and 31 others were injured when a truck transporting schoolchildren, parents and teachers plunged into a ravine in Huanuco, a region in central Peru, media reports said Monday.
The dump truck fell into a 100-meter (nearly 330-foot) ravine in Cahuac, a district in Yarowilca province.
The passengers were heading home after participating in a parade.
The bodies will be recovered on Monday in the presence of prosecutors, Huanuco Gov. Ruben Alva Ochoa told the official Andina news agency.
The injured survivors were taken to the Hermilio Valdizan and Essalud hospitals in Huanuco city for emergency care, Alva said.
The truck driver sustained minor injuries in the accident and is under arrest, media reports said.
The schoolchildren were returning home after taking part in a school parade on Flag Day and the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Yarowilca province’s creation, RPP Noticias said.