LIMA – The number of victims in a tourist bus accident in Lima on Sunday rose to eight after one of the wounded died on the way to a hospital, while the number of injured also increased to 35, according to a spokesperson for the General Corps of Volunteer Firefighters of Peru.
The emergency services moved 36 wounded people to health centers, one of whom died on the way, thus increasing the death toll to eight, the head of Lima’s fourth general command of firemen Alejandro Leon told local media.
Among the wounded are two foreigners, one Chilean and one Canadian, as well as seven children, who were taken to hospitals Bravo Chico, Arzobispo Loayza, Sabogal and Dos de Mayo, the spokesperson added.
The double-decker open-top bus of the Green Bus Company rolled downhill for about seven meters, after transporting a group of tourists to visit downtown Lima.
During the accident, four people were thrown from the bus, and three others were crushed to death under the vehicle, a police spokesperson told RPP Noticias.
The victims’ identities or nationalities are currently unknown, and the prosecutor on duty went to the scene, in the vicinity of the Club Revolver, in Rimac, to examine the bodies.
San Cristobal hill offers a panoramic view of Lima, and to get there buses usually leave from the Plaza de Armas, in the historic center, where many tourists come to see the Government Palace and the Cathedral of Lima.