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Peruvian soccer players survive crash, 30 meter fall
Members of Sport Áncash (Peru21)
By Nick Rosen
August 10, 2012
The members of a Peruvian soccer team survived an accident in which their van plummeted some 30 meters (98 feet) last night.
Twelve players from Sport Áncash, as well as members of the club’s staff, were injured in the crash in Huancapallac, near the city of Huánuco. The team was traveling to the city for a match against the club Alianza Universidad.
According to the Segunda Peru website, the van in which the team was traveling had a mechanical failure involving the breaks, and the driver was unable to control the van. The van left the highway and did as many as eight barrel rolls before coming to a stop. Miraculously, there were no fatalities or serious injuries.
As of Friday morning, it is believed that trainer José Bustamante and player Josep Atencia remained hospitalized.
Sport Áncash is based in the city of Huaraz and plays in Peru’s Segunda Division, the second-highest level of competition in Peru. Sport Áncash is currently in second-place in the league, but has cancelled its match for this weekend.
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Total coments: 1
Commented By: Dale Hemme
On: August 10, 2012. 7:45 pm
PLEASE CONSIDER PASSING THIS ON.. Many of the Peruvian drivers of commercial type vehicles as well as private ones do not keep the transmission in a proper gear as they descend the mountains and as a result glaze over the brakes through overheating. The rule of thumb is that you use the last gear selection you used to pull the uphill side of the mountain as you descend so the compression of the motor acts as a brake. This, I believe, is a root cause of many accidents. Perhaps someone can get this in the drivers training where it can save lives. Freewheeling is a dangerous practice even on flat surfaces, but it is deadly in the mountains. Thanks be to God these men did not have to pay the supreme price this time.
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