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Wednesday December 21, 2011

Brazilian Bus Crash Kills 5

Brazilian Bus Crash Kills 5

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Five people were killed and 47 others injured Wednesday when a bus collided with a truck in the central Brazilian state of Tocantins, authorities said.

The accident took place around 4:30 a.m. near the city of Barrolandia, according to a report from the highway patrol.

The bus, a double-decker vehicle carrying 56 people from Goiania to Redenção, strayed into the opposing lane and sideswiped a truck laden with motorcycles, the report said.

The driver then lost control of the bus, which careened into some rocks before flipping over.

Five of the bus passengers were pronounced dead at the scene, while the injured were taken to hospitals in Paraiso do Tocantins and Palmas, the state capital.

The accident forced a three-hour shutdown of a busy highway linking Brasilia with the Amazonian state of Para, creating a traffic jam that stretched for 10 kilometers (6 miles).