Horror as public bus plummets 15m from a bridge killing seven people in Brazil

  • A further 11 people were injured in the accident in central Rio De Janeiro 
  • It was unclear how many people were aboard or whether any were children
  • Eyewitness said there was a dispute between a passenger and the driver

By Daily Mail Reporter

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A passenger bus plunged from a 15-metre-high bridge in The Brazilian capital Rio de Janeiro yesterday killing at least seven people and closing the major thoroughfare where it landed.

Around 11 more people were injured in the accident, said Sergio Simoes, who heads Rio state's Civil Defense department, adding that number of injured was likely to rise.

Simoes said the dead were five men and two women.

People gather round a bus which fell from a bridge in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil leaving seven people dead and 11 injured

Carnage: People gather round a bus which fell from a bridge in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil leaving seven people dead and 11 injured

Rescue workers stand by the bus as they prepare to haul it onto its wheels after it fell 15metres from a bridge

Rescue workers stand by the bus as they prepare to haul it onto its wheels after it fell 15metres from a bridge

He said it was unclear how many were aboard and whether any of the passengers were children.

Helicopter footage aired by Globo television network showed emergency response teams evacuating the injured from the overturned bus as rush-hour traffic stood at a standstill on Avenida Brasil, the highway that serves as the main entrance to Rio. Some of the injured were evacuated by helicopter.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known, but Globo cited eyewitness as saying that a dispute between a passenger and the driver might have helped spark the crash.

Aftermath: A tow truck attempts to pull the bus back onto its wheels as crowds of people watch on

Aftermath: A tow truck attempts to pull the bus back onto its wheels as crowds of people watch on

The horrifying accident in the Brazilian capital left seven people dead and 11 injured

The horrifying accident in the Brazilian capital left seven people dead and 11 injured

Buses are the main form of public transit in this city of 6 million, despite their sometimes questionable safety records and often uncomfortable overcrowding levels.

Rio's buses, operated by private companies, don't have seat belts, and it's not unusual for up to several dozen people at a time to travel standing up. Rio's buses are also known for driving at high speeds, even in residential neighborhoods.

With two key metro stations closed pending the extension of Rio's subway, buses have taken on an even more crucial role in recent months and are the sole public transit option in poor neighborhoods ringing the city.

A city official said it was unclear how many were aboard and whether any of the passengers were children

A city official said it was unclear how many were aboard and whether any of the passengers were children





 

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That's twice I've seen DM make this mistake, Brasilia is the capital for God's sake. Standards are definitely dropping with DM employees !

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DM - get an education !! Brasilia is Brazil's capital Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro

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Since when the capital of Brazil move to Rio ? their capital is Brazilia, I couldn't believe an English newspaper made this mistake

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You know that The Brazilian capital is Brasilia, not Rio de Janeiro, right?

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Rio it's not Brazil's capital, DM.

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Not been a good week for public transport in Rio. Think i'll watch world cup on tv.

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That's a very flimsy barrier ,it would not stop a lot would it. Sometimes health and safety doesn't seem so silly does it ?

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