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Peru Bus Crash Injures 15 Tourists, 4 Seriously

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | July 26, 2015

Peru Bus Crash Injures 15 Tourists, 4 Seriously

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A journey through Peru went horribly wrong for a group of tourists when their bus crashed Saturday, the Associated Press reported.

At least 15 foreign tourists were hurt, with four sustaining serious injuries, and several quickly treated for minor injuries. Peruvian police told the AP the tour bus was traveling on a highway near the Pisac archaeological site outside Cusco when the driver evidently lost control on a curve and the vehicle overturned. 

A group of students from Stephen F. Austin University (SFA) in Nacogdoches, Texas (around 130 miles northeast of Houston) were among those hurt. 

University spokesperson Shirley Luna said to the AP that none of the SFA students have life-threatening injuries, but several sustained broken ribs. Their parents were notified.

KTRE received a Facebook message from Katie Long, an SFA student involved in the crash, and she said the bus was traveling along a mountain road when the driver took a sharp turn, causing the bus to flip.

“I have minor injuries, thankfully,” Long said. “Other people who were on the bus have more serious injuries, though.” KTRE mentions an SFA faculty member with a broken leg.

The tour bus carried 19 people total, plus the driver and a guide.

Authorities did not tell the AP the other passengers’ nationalities.

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