Yesterday afternoon a relaxing and fun Sunday trip ended in tragedy. Shortly before 05.00 pm a tour bus crashed in Lima’s district Rimac and plunged down 10m leaving at least 9 passengers dead and more than 30 injured.
The double decker bus with open top operated by the tour company “Green Bus” – not Mirabus, their buses are red and don’t offer tours in this area – was on its way back from a sightseeing tour to Cerro San Cristobal, a 400 m hill and popular tourist destination in the district of Rimac adjacent to Lima’s historic city center which offers breathtaking views over the Peruvian capital.
Probably due to excessive speed on the narrow winding road that doesn’t have crash barriers, the tour bus spun out of control, tipped over and plunged down about 10m coming to rest on its side.
7 passengers were announced dead on the scene, two others died in hospital. More than 30 passengers, including one Canadian, one Chilean and many children, are injured, a handful severely.
Green Bus has a license to carry out sightseeing tours in Lima since last year and mainly offers tours on social media. Shortly after the accident however the tour company deleted its accounts – now a new account is online - and wasn’t available for an official comment. Authorities confirmed that the bus had 5 unpaid speeding tickets.
This tragic accident raises the question if authorities once again acted negligently allowing coaches to use the narrow winding road to and from Cerro San Cristobal that neither is designed nor safe for such big vehicles.
Our hearts go out to the victims of the crash and their families.