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33 dead in truck-bus crash in Brazil

/ 08:44 AM December 04, 2011

SAO PAULO – At least 33 people were killed and 13 others were injured when a tractor-trailor slammed into a bus carrying sugarcane cutters, Brazilian authorities said.

Workers check the rubble of a bus after an accident in Milagres, Brazil's Bahia state, Saturday (December 3, 2011). Brazilian authorities said a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus carrying sugarcane cutters, killing at least 33 people and injuring 13 after the truck driver lost control as he was rounding a corner and heading down a hill early Saturday. AP PHOTO

Workers check the rubble of a bus after an accident in Milagres, Brazil's Bahia state, Saturday (December 3, 2011). Brazilian authorities said a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus carrying sugarcane cutters, killing at least 33 people and injuring 13 after the truck driver lost control as he was rounding a corner and heading down a hill early Saturday. AP PHOTO

A police spokesman said the truck driver lost control as he was rounding a corner and heading down a hill early Saturday near a town called Miracles in the northeastern state of Bahia. The truck was carrying a load of construction materials, which also slammed into the bus.

The driver of the truck survived and is in a local hospital. Some of the others injured are in grave condition.

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The police official spoke on condition of anonymity, saying he was not authorized to provide details.

He said an investigation is ongoing.

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