LIMA, Peru (AP) – A passenger bus plunged off a 1,000-foot cliff in the Andes mountains Friday, killing at least 30 people and wounding 17, rescue workers said Saturday.

The accident took place on a mountain highway 150 miles northeast of Lima. The bus was headed from Huanuco to La Union, Huanuco fire chief Leoncio Pardave said.

The causes of the accident were not immediately known.

Pardave said the exact number of victims was not yet known because the difficult terrain delayed rescue efforts. Also, several people had climbed aboard or gotten off while the bus was traveling.

AP-ES-10-11-03 1709EDT

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