Need information about a bus accident near Cusco
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Aug 10, 2012 5:21 PM Last Post By: judyrod
Dec 27, 2011 5:00 PM
Need information about a bus accident near CuscoA good friend was killed on December 23 in a bus accident near Urcos on a bus headed to Cusco from Puno. As you can imagine, her family and friends are devastated. She was an experienced traveller and preferred to travel alone. The family does not speak Spanish although there are friends here in Canada who do and can help with the official parts of this. I've been on the Internet and found a couple of short articles about the accident - but with very little detail. It seems that heavy rain and speed were the cause of the accident. My husband I and travelled the same highway by bus in April so it has an extra strange feeling for us. Has anyone heard anything about this accident? Do you have any ideas on how I could help the family get more information about what happened? I think that it would help to bring a sense of closure to know more about what happened.
Thanks for any help that you can offer.
Dec 27, 2011 6:21 PM
1They all say about the same: rain and speed, but no other details.
That last one says it was about 2 pm in Pampachulla, in the district of Urcos, in the province of Quispicanchi (Cusco).
The only thing I can think of is for you to contact The Peruvian Times, which has been around a long time under one name or another. The editor is Eleanor Griffis. They may have suggestions about who you could contact. I think that may be all the information you can find though, unless you actually find someone who was on the bus. If you google 'bus accident peru' you get a depressing number of hits.
Dec 27, 2011 6:24 PM
Dec 27, 2011 7:55 PM
Dec 28, 2011 3:11 AM
Dec 28, 2011 7:12 AM
5My deepest sympathies to you and your friend. I read that she had survived a similar bus accident thirty years ago, in Mexico. It took her nearly a year to recover from those injuries. And still she traveled. What an incredible woman!
I hope you and her family can find the solace and closure you need. My heart goes out to you and her family.
Dec 28, 2011 10:37 AM
6Yes, - and she travelled alone. She loved meeting people and learning about places and cultures. Before she left work, she told people there that there are no wrong turns when you travel - only opportunities for more adventures. Words to live by.
Thanks to everyone for your kind thoughts. We loved being in Peru. It's a lovely country and the people were so thoughtful and kind. I know that Margaret would have been having a wonderful visit there.
Dec 28, 2011 1:26 PM
People die in car accidents where they live, in their home towns too.
That doesn't make it better. A tragedy is a tragedy, without a consolation.
You and the family will need time to get over it, and for the parents the grief will have no end...
Dec 28, 2011 3:05 PM
People die because of others stupidity everywhere in the world, but much too often here. So however it is not 100% proper to mention it, "Dios conduce mi coche" written proudly on the buses attitude is responsible for it.
If we just seat silence as locals do it will happen again, and again, and again...
I dare to point the finger...
Jan 3, 2012 12:53 PM
9Hello, Judyrod. Your friend has been in my thoughts since I read your posting a few days ago, especially during our 10 hour bus trip in northern Peru yesterday.
i don´t know if this will help but I have a Lonely Planet posting titled Copacabana Alert on the Bolivian thread. It deals with a scam being conducted between Diana Tours and Tour Peru. One of my responses refers to the bus crash that killed your friend. Thought I should direct you it.
Aug 2, 2012 2:00 AM
Sorry my reply is so late. I too was on the bus on the 23rd with my partner. I'm so sorry for your loss I still think about ur friend alot. I think that day will always haunt me. I was sitting on the top deck of the bus in the front row so I saw it all happen. Th driver was totally irresponsible , he drove in the middle of the road quite a bit throughout the journey so he could pick up extra speed. The weather on the day was bad but I think his driving was quite erratic. I myself am extremely lucky to be alive without a seatbealt on I would def have gone out through the windscreen and died. The situation was horrific but I can say that someone on the bus did their very best to help your friend, giving her constant CPR. Also the GAP tour leader was outstanding they did everything possible for ur friend. Tour Peru on the other hand were disgraceful. They didn't send any proper help to the scene. People were made hitch out of the accident site and they even tried packing people onto another passing bus that was already overcrowded. I spoke to some of Margarets fellow travellers after in the hospital, they were all completely devastated, I'm so sorry for your loss I just with something was done to stop something like this happening again. Kate
Aug 10, 2012 5:21 PM
11Thank you all for your replies. I hadn't been back to Thorntree in a long time and just now saw your replies. This means so much to me. Margaret was such a special woman and it's clear that she was travelling with lovely people. It's good to know that there were people there who knew what to do at such a terrible time. My heart goes out to them, too. What a tragedy for everyone!
I suspected that it was likely weather and driving. Margaret had been in a terrible bus accident in Mexico years ago and was nearly killed then. What are the odds of someone having 2 major bus accidents while travelling? She must have been feeling a little tense that day. It was similar conditions at the first accident.
You might all like to know one of the ways that we are honouring Margaret. One of our co-workers designed a small flag that says "Margaret was here" in many languages. (Margaret was the directore the Adult Language Training Branch of Labour and Immigration in Winnipeg.) This small flag is carried by her friends as they travel the world and we send photos to a Facebook page in her memory. It's our way to keep Margaret's memory alive and to keep her travelling. If you'd like to visit the page, it's "Margaret was here".
Hugs to you all - and please keep travelling. The world is full of good and kind people.
Thanks again for your kindness.
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