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Jan 28 (Reuters) – At least 24 people have died in northern Peru after a bus carrying 60 passengers fell off a cliff early on Saturday, police told local media.

The Peruvian Transport Surveillance Agency (SUTRAN) confirmed the accident in a statement, without mentioning the number of dead or injured.

The tragedy, involving a bus from the company Q’Orianka Tours Aguila Dorada, occurred in the district of El Alto in the far north of Peru, SUTRAN said.

SUTRAN said initial inquiries showed the bus appeared to have up-to-date safety inspection and accident insurance.

Road accidents are relatively common in Peru, with many drivers operating vehicles on precarious roads and without proper training. In 2021, 29 people died when a bus fell off a highway in the Andes.

Reporting by Brendan O’Boyle; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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