BrasÃlia, September 7
At least 15 persons were killed and about 30 persons were injured in a bus accident on Sunday in Paraty near Brazil’s second biggest city, Rio de Janeiro, said a source from the local Fire Department.
The accident took place around 11.30 a.m. on a coastal road, as the bus, which was transporting about 50 passengers, overturned while travelling between the centre of Paraty, a well-known coastal resort, and nearby Trindade district, Xinhua reported.
Trafico Colitur, the company that owns the bus, released a statement, saying that the road is very dangerous and the death toll could rise to 20.
The rescue was still underway and the injured were taken to the Hospital SÃ£o Pedro de AlcÃ¢ntara, in Paraty, for treatment, said the local source.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the tragedy and local media are citing a mechanical failure as the cause. — IANS
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