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Bus falls off viaduct in Brazil, killing at least 16

Agence France-Presse, Agence France-Presse
Bus falls off viaduct in Brazil, killing at least 16

ACCIDENT. Handout picture released by the Minas Gerais Fire Department showing a bus that fell from a bridge killing at least 16 people on the BR-381 highway in Joao Monlevade, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.

Photo by Minas Gerais Fire Department/AFP

Officials say the driver lost control of the bus when the brakes allegedly failed

A bus in Brazil plunged off a viaduct from a height of 20 meters (70 feet) Friday, December 4, after the brakes apparently failed, crashing onto rail tracks below and killing at least 16 people, officials said.

Another 27 people were hurt in the accident near the town of Joao Monlevade in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais.

Photos released by firefighters showed the crushed ruins of the bus at the foot of the viaduct.

The driver lost control of it after the brakes allegedly failed, officials said.

Six people managed to scramble out of the bus before it fell, including the driver, the fire department said.

On November 25, a total of 41 people died when a truck and a bus crashed into each other near the city of Taguai in Sao Paulo state.

Between 2015 and 2019 an average of 30,000 people died yearly in road accidents in Brazil, transport officials say. – Rappler.com