Four dead including three teens as bus carrying football team plunges off bridge in Brazil after driver ‘loses control’ | The Sun
31st January 2023

FOUR people have been killed including three teens after a bus carrying a football team plunged off a 32ft bridge in Brazil.

Another 29 people were injured in the horror accident in Além Paraíba in Brazil, when the driver transporting the Esporte Clube Vila Maria Helena team lost control of the vehicle.

The victims who have not been identified yet, are three teenagers, aged between 14-17 and one adult, G1 reports.

The football team was on their way back to Duque de Caxias after a game for the Ubaporanga National Cup tournament.

The bus fell upside down the creek when the driver lost control while on the BR-116.

Twenty-four of those wounded were taken to the Hospital São Salvador, while another five were taken to the Casa de Caridade Leopoldinense, in Leopoldina.

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Emergency services rushed to the scene on Monday morning.

The team was returning home after a football match against Simonesia on Sunday.

It was first in the under-18 category and runner-up in the under-16 category.

A 16-year-old survivor told TV Integração he was lucky he was sitting at the back of the bus as the front got most of the damage while another teen explained he was able to get out of the vehicle after his friend managed to open the door.

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He added: "Everyone was happy with winning the title and, unfortunately, that happened. 

"It was very fast. Everyone was sleeping."

In a statement, the bus company LG Turismo offered condolences to the victims' families.

They said: "We are making ourselves available to provide all the necessary support to the competent bodies, passengers and their families.

"We are registered with ANTT and the passenger list contains 31 passengers plus the driver.

"We are currently awaiting further information from the local PRF and company employees are already on their way to follow closely".

An investigation into the accident has been launched, police said.

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