At least 19 people died and 10 were injured on Wednesday when a passenger bus went off a road and down a 400-meter (1,300-foot) embankment in Peru's mountainous southern Huancavelica region, the spokesman for a nearby medical center said.

The bus owned by the Ticllas company collided with another vehicle coming in the opposite direction, went off the road and down into a ravine in the Milpo sector, in Tayacaja province, according to the accident report issued by the Highway Police.

The head of the Tayacaja Hospital emergency and disasters department, Luz Rodriguez, told Peru's RPP radio that rescue crews had found 19 bodies at the crash site and transported 10 injured people to the health center.

The driver of the bus, Hector Chamorro, and one woman passenger were rescued uninjured.

However, Rodriguez said that the number of victims could rise before rescue and recovery teams finish their work at the crash site because there were at least 40 people on board the vehicle and not all of them have yet been accounted for. EFE