A bus carrying travelling from Piura in north-western Peru to the capital, Lima, crashed en route, killing at least eight people and injuring 45 others. The accident occurred on the Pan American Highway at approximately 3 am local time.
Five passengers who were traveling on the upper deck were thrown from the bus and died after landing on rocks in the creek of a riverbed below the highway.
Authorities confirmed that a delegation from the APRA (American Popular Revolutionary Alliance) political party were travelling on the bus to attend the funeral of former president Alan Garcia.
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Supporters of former Peru’s president Alan Garcia gather to watch the funeral procession of his coffin, as it leaves the APRA party headquarters in Lima. IMAGES
Mourners gather at APRA party headquarters in Lima to honor former Peru president Alan Garcia, who died in hospital after shooting himself in the head at his home as police were about to arrest him in a sprawling corruption case. IMAGES
Supporters wait in line to pay their respects to Peru’s ex-president Alan Garcia, during his wake at the headquarters of the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party in Lima. The former president killed himself as police were about to arrest him in a graft investigation.
The coffin of late Peruvian former President Alan Garcia arrives at the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party headquarters in Lima, where thousands of supporters have gathered to pay their respects. Garcia died in hospital, after shooting himself in the head at his home when police were about to arrest him over the graft investigation. IMAGES
The coffin with the remains of late Peruvian ex-president Alan Garcia leaves the hospital to go to the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party headquarter’s in Lima, Peru. IMAGES