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Mar 15, 2015 10:12 AM

Brazil raises toll of bus accident to 49, resumes search

The Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Police renewed their search Sunday for more victims in a bus accident in southern Brazil that killed at least 49 people.

The dead include eight young children, three adolescents, 24 women and 14 men, the government of Santa Catarina state said in a statement. The bus plunged 1,300 feet down a mountain near the city of Joinville on Saturday. Ten people were transferred to nearby hospitals, including two children. Their conditions were unknown.

Officials said that the death toll could rise because more bodies could be found under the bus and in the woods. Police officers and emergency personnel started working on removing the bus on Sunday from the mountainous area in Serra Dona Francisca.

The bus crashed on a curvy road that wound through a verdant green region popular for hiking and biking in Santa Catarina state, located about 600 miles (950 kilometers) southwest of Rio de Janeiro.

The cause of the accident is under investigation although authorities suspect the driver may have lost control on a curve making the bus ran off the road.

The group was traveling from Uniao da Vitoria for a religious event near the coast in Parana state. The bus company could not be reached for comment.


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