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article imageTram accident in Brazil kills five

By Ernest Dempsey     Aug 30, 2011 in Travel
Rio De Janeiro - Five people died in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, in a tram accident on Saturday, August 27. The accident also left 27 others injured.
BBC News reports that the tram was derailed on the Santa Teresa line, a historic tram attraction, and slid down onto the street for some 50 meters, finally crashing into a lamp post. The 57-year-old tram driver Nelson Correa da Silva was among those killed in the accident. Among the other dead, three are women while four of those injured were reportedly in serious condition.
According to The Telegraph, more than 30 people were injured in the accident and among the deceased, two succumbed to the injuries in a hospital. The city’s transportation secretary Julio Lopes visited the site of the accident and told that the tram system of transport maybe stopped running until the authorities complete an investigation into the causes of the accident.
A Euronews video posted to YouTube shows, however, places the number of the injured at 60, saying that some foreign tourists are also among the injured. It suspects that overcrowding on the tram caused it to derail. The video tells that the accident happened in one of the city’s most scenic neighborhoods. Tram service is quite a popular attraction in the city which is to host matches of the 2014 Football World Cup to be played in Brazil.
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