Crews in Peru race to rescue passengers after bus plunges off highway in deadly crash: Police

The crash occurred just north of Lima, the capital.

— -- Officers in Peru are racing to rescue victims after a bus fell over the edge of the Pan-American Highway, killing at least 48 people, Peruvian officials said, according to The Associated Press.

Col. Dino Escudero told RPP radio that the bus fell 262 feet onto a beach after being hit by a tractor-trailer rig, the AP reported. A photo shows the destroyed, overturned bus laying on top of rocks on the beach, partially in the water.

The crash took place just north of Lima, the capital, the National Police of Peru said on Twitter.

Fifty-seven passengers were on board the bus, a fire official said, according to the AP.