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Bus plunges into river, killing 30

A bus has veered off a highway and fallen into a river in central Peru, leaving at least 30 people dead and nine missing.

The bus is believed to have been carrying 54 passengers when it went off the road on a bend and fell into the Tarma river in Junin province, police said.

Emergency crews have recovered 30 bodies and rescued 14 or 15 injured survivors. He says nine people are unaccounted for and rescue efforts are continuing because there could be more bodies in the wreckage.

Television images of the accident show a destroyed bus in the river.

Bus accidents on Peru's highways are common because of the poor state of roads and the informality of the transportation sector.

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