Police in southern Brazil say five vehicles have crashed on a highway, leaving 10 people dead and 89 injured.
Highway patrol officers in the state of Parana told the Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper that the initial cause of the Saturday night accident was a collision between a car and a bus.
Officer Claudio Roberto Rafaelli said a motorcycle then collided with the car.
The bus driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into another oncoming bus.
A pickup truck tried to avoid the pileup and rammed into some bystanders.
The police say they’re investigating the original cause of the crash. Rafaelli says visibility was good at the moment of the accident.
Sunday, 12 August, 2012 at 18:14 (06:14 PM) UTC RSOE
Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper (translated by Bing):
CURITIBA-A crash between two buses-that beat heads-up, a pickup truck Ranger, a Celtic vehicle and a motorcycle left at least 10 dead, among them a 13-year-old teenager, and 89 injured in 176 kilometer of Highway PR-323 in Paysandú, about 30 kilometers from Maringá, in the Northwest of Paraná, this Saturday, 11. Police revised down the number of dead, before an estimated 12.
The victims, many in serious condition, were removed to hospitals of Cianorte and Maringá, according to the State Road Police (PRE-PR), who also reported that the dead and wounded were in four vehicles. Second the PRE, all wounded were in serious condition practically already were out of danger and ran not more risk of death.
One of the buses had been chartered by a group of Evangelicals of Tapejara and, after passing the Saturday in a park in Maringá, returned to the city of origin. The other was a tour bus company Express Maringá and transitioned on the line between Maringá and Umuarama, with 42 passengers. The company, however, has not reported the number of injured at the site. The bodies were sent to the IML of Maringá.
According to Sgt. Claudio Roberto Raffaelli, forest of PRE, the accident occurred when the Celtic crashed sideways with the evangelical group chartered bus. The motorcycle then crashed into the private car. The bus driver lost control of the direction and ended up bumping with the second bus, line, which fell. To try to divert the beat, the pickup truck ended up trampling some pedestrians.
In an interview with the local press, the fire department lieutenant, Inaiti days, arrived to guide motorists that runs through the region to avoid the road, which had two runways designated shortly after the accident. The release of tracks occurred shortly after 11:30 pm. Traffic was diverted to the PR-317.
The scientific police arrived at the scene at around 8:30 pm to conduct the first skills and investigate the possible causes of the accident. There is no information about causes so far. The simple track and highway, two-way direction, had normal conditions of visibility at the time of the accident, according to the Sergeant Raffaelli. (Ricardo colabororu Valota)