At least 20 people were killed after a double-decker bus burst into fire at an informal stop in the Peruvian capital Lima on Sunday, March 31, authorities have confirmed.
At least eight people were injured in the blaze that erupted at the bus stop in the San Martin de Porres neighborhood.
Eyewitnesses say the fire broke out at the rear of the vehicle and spread quickly. Authorities say the vehicle, which was heading to the northern city of Chiclayo, didn't have any fire extinguishers.
It's not immediately clear how many passengers were on the bus. According to a fire department spokesman, Lewis Mejia, most of the dead people were killed in the upper deck of the bus.
Of the tragic incident, Lima’s Mayor Jorge Munoz said,
It appears that on the second floor of bus, where most of the victims were found, they were transporting fuel. That’s a very serious matter.
According to the most recent figures, nearly 3000 people died in traffic accidents in the nation during 2017. Most of them died in crashes while there are very few cases of deaths in bus fires.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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