Road accident in Peru kills 14


LIMA, Feb. 28 — Two cars crashed in a highway in southeastern Peru, killing 14 people including a boy and injuring seven others, in the country’s most serious accident this year, local police said Thursday.

The accident occurred when a van swerved off the lane and crashed into another van coming in the opposite direction in the highway linking the provinces of Puno and Juliaca, 1,400 km southeast of Lima.

Both vehicles were so destroyed that the fire brigade had to cut the vans to recover the bodies. The injured were taken to a nearby hospital, said Manuel Fernandez, head of the fire brigade.

Initial investigation identified speeding and reckless driving as the main causes of the incident.