Terrifying moment train plows into Brazilian school bus with 25 students, killing two children aged 11 and 15, and injuring five students and one teacher
- Two children, including a 15-year-old girl, were killed after their school bus was hit by a train in Jandaia so Sul, Brazil, on Thursday
- The impact of the crash ejected at least four people from the bus; one of them could be seen on video standing up before falling to the ground
- Investigators were on the scene looking into whether the bus or train were traveling at excessive speeds
Dramatic surveillance camera footage captured the moment a train plowed into a school bus, killing two children, in the southern Brazil state of Paraná on Thursday morning.
The bus was transporting 25 students and three teachers with the Association of Parents and Friends of the Disabled when the train crashed into it at an intersection in southern city of Jandaia so Sul.
Five students and one teacher were also injured, according to the Jandaia do Sul Fire Department.
Two girls, aged 11 and 15, were declared dead on the scene.
Two girls, aged 11 and 15, were killed in Brazil on Thursday morning after the school bus they were traveling on was hit by a train at an intersection in the southern city of Jandaia so Sul. Five students and one teacher were also injured
A school bus transporting 25 children and three teachers was involved in an accident with a train in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná on Thursday morning. Authorities confirmed that two children were killed and that five others and one teacher were also injured
The father of the 15-year-old was on his way to work when he became aware of the accident.
‘I ran there and then saw that it was my daughter’s bus,’ he said.
The footage showed a car on the opposite side of the track coming to a full stop at the intersection as the train approached the area. The bus then could be seen passing over the track when the train smashed into it.
The impact of the crash ejected at least four people out of the bus and left them lying near the side of the tracks.
At least one of the victims could be seen standing up and taking a few steps before falling to the ground and moving in pain.
‘We didn’t have much to do. Another six victims, including a teacher, were taken in serious condition to hospitals in the region,’ fire department chief Wallacy de Souza told RPC television.
A car could be seen on the opposite side waiting for the train to pass by just moments before the school bus driver approached the railroad track, drove over it and was hit by a train. Brazilian authorities said that two children, aged 11 and 15, were declared dead on the scene
The train plowed into the middle part of the bus and its impact caused the ejection of at least four people
One of the injured victims lies on the ground moments after the train hit the school bus they were traveling on
The driver was interviewed by the Jandaia so Sul Civil Police and said that he was unaware that the train was nearing the intersection.
‘He confirmed that he did not see the train approaching, and did not even hear a sound, even after a car had stopped on the other side of the street,’ police chief Carlos Paravidino told news outlet G1.
The Jandaia so Sul Civil Police is investigating the crash. The Institute of Criminalistics were also at the scene analyzing the accident and were looking into whether the train or bus were traveling at excessive speeds.
Paraná Acting Governor Darcia Piana declared three days of mourning.
‘The Paraná school community is in mourning with this serious accident in Jandaia do Sul,’ Piana said in a statement. ‘May God comfort the girls’ families and may the others soon recover from this accident. The Government of Paraná will do what it can to help these people.’
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