Bus falls off road into ravine in Peruvian Andes, at least 23 dead and 44 injured

Peruvian authorities say a bus carrying more passengers than was permitted fell off the road into a ravine in a remote area of the Andes, killing at least 23 people and injuring 44 others.

Prosecutor Hilario Ramos said Sunday that the bus was traveling Saturday in the San Pablo district of Cusco state when it left the rural road that was damaged by recent rains and fell more than 100 meters (yards) into a ravine.

Edwin Licona, the Cusco regional president, says the bus was carrying 67 people, almost double the allowed capacity. The dead included a newborn baby, several pregnant women and four elderly women.

Fifty-one people died in a similar accident in Cusco state in October 2013.