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At least 20 killed in Peru crash

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  • Passenger bus runs into back of loaded fuel truck near Lima, news agency says
  • About 10 passengers escape through bus windows, Web site says
  • Truck driver severely burned, site says
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LIMA, Peru (CNN) -- At least 20 people died in a fiery crash when a passenger bus ran into the back of a loaded fuel truck in central Peru, the state-run news agency said Tuesday.

About another 10 passengers escaped through the bus windows, another source, the Peru21 Web site, reported.

"It happened very fast," the state-run Andina news agency quoted an unnamed survivor as saying. "I was sleeping and felt the strong impact and saw that a fire was starting. I found a window and jumped out."

The collision happened around 11:20 p.m. Monday on the Panamericana Sur highway in the Cañete province near Lima, Peru's capital. Both vehicles were southbound from Lima to Pisco, the news agency said.

The bus belongs to the Costeño transportation company, Andina said.

The truck driver survived the crash but was severely burned, Peru21 said.

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