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Schoolchildren killed in Peru mountain road accident

The accident happened in Huanuco region about 260km (161m) from Lima
Image caption The schoolchildren had taken part in a parade in Huanuco's regional capital, Huanuco.

A tipper truck carrying schoolchildren has fallen into a ravine in a remote area of Peru's Andes mountains, killing 17 people and injuring many others.

The truck fell about 100m (330ft), officials say. Children, a teacher and several parents are among the dead.

They were returning from an event in the town of Huanuco on an unsealed mountain road.

An inquiry has been launched into the cause of the accident. The driver has survived and is being questioned.

Deadly road accidents are common in Peru, especially in remote mountainous roads.

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