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Bus plunges off bridge, killing 14 in Brazil

Xinhua
05 Dec 2020, 09:44 GMT+10

SAO PAULO, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- At least 14 people were killed and another 26 injured on Friday when a passenger bus plunged off a 15-meter-high bridge in Joao Monlevade, a town in Brazil's southeast state of Minas Gerais.

Police and emergency services said the accident occurred at km 350 on the BR-381 highway, 114 km from Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais.

According to the Federal Highway Police, the bus veered off the bridge after turning to avoid colliding head on into a truck, but an investigation would take place to determine the exact cause.

Brazil's Globonews network reported the bus driver jumped from the vehicle before it plunged into the valley below, where a railway line passes.

Of the fatal victims, 11 people died at the scene of the accident and another three died on the way to the hospital, the network said.

Three seriously injured people were taken to a hospital in Belo Horizonte.

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