Two trucks loaded with passengers collided on a road in southern Peru on Sunday killing 12 people and injuring 15, local and police authorities reported.

The accident occurred at an altitude of some 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) on Sunday morning at Km. 45 on the Juliaca-Huancane highway in the mountainous Puno region, which borders on Bolivia.

A van loaded with passengers crashed head-on into two other vehicles carrying workers from the La Rinconada gold mine, highway police told the state-run Andina news agency.

The prosecutor in Huancane district, Rene Caira, told Andina that the dead - 11 men and one woman - had all been identified and their bodies would be taken to the local morgue.

Meanwhile, the injured were transported to the Lucio Aldazabal Hospital in Huancane and the Carlos Monge Medrano Hospital in the city of Juliaca, authorities said. EFE