Bus transporting copper mine workers plunges off a cliff in Peru, 15 dead

A bus carrying copper mine workers plunged off a cliff in Peru, killing at least 15 people and injuring 3 others.

The accident happened on Friday in the Cotabambas province in Peru’s Apurimac region, according to local media reports.

Peruvian radio RPP reported that the bus fell some 200 meters.

The MMG Ltd’s Las Bambas copper mine workers were being transported in the Peruvian Andes.

The sprawling Las Bambas mine, located in Cotabambas is one of Peru’s largest.

Peru is the world’s second-largest copper producer.

The Andes mountain range traverses the length of the country, with winding roads overlooking tall cliffs.

Accidents in which buses plunge off cliffs are not infrequent in Peru.

In 2018, at least 48 people were killed after a bus they were travelling in plunged 100 metres off a cliff onto a rocky beach along a coastal highway north of the capital, Lima.

In November 2017, 20 people were killed when a bus plunged off a bridge into a river in the southern Andes.

According to estimates in 2016, land transport accidents killed more than 2,600.