Bus Fire kills 20 people in Peru

In a bus fire that occurred in Peru, at least about 20 people were killed and about 10 injured on Sunday night at an illegal transport terminal in the Peruvian capital.

A number of the victims burned to death, trapped on the upper level of the interprovincial bus in Lima, firefighters said.

Passersby described scenes of panic and cries of terror.

The tragedy reflected the chaos of Peru’s public transport system, particularly in the capital of 10 million people where authorities are overwhelmed by transport problems.

Initial reports said an electrical fault at the rear of the bus triggered the blaze just after 7:30 pm (0030 GMT).

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“The fire led to the deaths of at least 20 people,” said Lewis Mejia, a fire department official.

Authorities did not say how many people were on board.

One unidentified man, broken by grief, told local television that he had lost six family members including his wife, children and grandchildren.

Source: AFP

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