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Bus plunges off highway in Peru, killing at least 25

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Crews in Peru race to rescue passengers after bus plunges off highway in deadly crash: Police

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Emergency personnel work to rescue victims after a passenger bus plunged off the Pan-American Highway North, outside of Lima, Peru, Jan. 2, 2018. At least 25 people died and 30 injured after a passenger bus plunged off a cliff by the sea in an area known as Pasamayo, in northern Lima, officials said.

Officers in Peru are racing to rescue victims after a bus fell over the edge of the Pan-American Highway, killing at least 25 people, a Peruvian police official told RPP radio, according to The Associated Press.

Col. Dino Escudero told RPP radio that the bus fell 262 feet onto a beach after being hit by a tractor-trailer rig, the AP reported. A photo shows the destroyed, overturned bus laying on top of rocks on the beach, partially in the water.

PHOTO: Emergency personnel load a victim onto a helicopter during rescue operations after a passenger bus plunged off the Pan-American Highway North, outside of Lima, Peru, Jan. 2, 2018.Vidal Tarqui/Agencia Andina/EPA
Emergency personnel load a victim onto a helicopter during rescue operations after a passenger bus plunged off the Pan-American Highway North, outside of Lima, Peru, Jan. 2, 2018.
PHOTO: Emergency personnel covering themselves from dust generated by a helicopter during rescue operations after a passenger bus plunged off the Pan-American Highway North, outside of Lima, Peru, Jan. 2, 2018. Vidal Tarqui/Agencia Andina/EPA
Emergency personnel covering themselves from dust generated by a helicopter during rescue operations after a passenger bus plunged off the Pan-American Highway North, outside of Lima, Peru, Jan. 2, 2018.

The crash took place just north of Lima, the capital, the National Police of Peru said on Twitter.

More than 50 people were on the bus, the AP said.

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

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