Twelve people died at the scene and five others were hospitalized when the bus crashed into the lower railway tracks of an overpass in Brazil. Police said the bus driver jumped out and fled the scene.
The incident closed part of the BR-381 route in Jono Monlevade, a municipality in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, 100 kilometers east of Belo Horizonte on Friday.
The video shows a view of a bus wreckage in a valley at least 50 feet (15 m) below the overpass.
The bus was coming from an overpass in the city of Jono Monlevade in Minas Gerais, Brazil — according to preliminary information, 11 people were killed and 29 were injured. pic.twitter.com/fFoFeb1S5l
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Firefighters reported that local hospitals were flooded with the number of victims. Minas Gerais Civil Police said 11 people were killed on the spot and 29 were injured, three of whom were later injured. However, as of Friday evening, authorities had updated that 17 people were dead.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but police said there is a possibility of a brake failure. The Brazilian daily Folha reported unconfirmed reports that the bus hit the truck ided.
Federal Highway Police spokesman Aristides Amaral Jr. told reporters the driver jumped off the bus before falling off the bridge and fleeing on foot. The police are now looking for him.
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But those on board are not locals. The bus belongs to a company called Localima Tourismo and carries passengers from Mata Grande to Sao Paulo – a journey of about 2,300 kilometers – TV Globo reported.
The company acted under an emergency court injunction and the vehicle is questionable “Not eligible to provide passenger transportation service,” Brazilian transport company ANTT said.
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