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Latino Daily News

Monday November 25, 2013

Sao Paulo Train Derails into Homes, Leaves 8 Dead

Eight people died when a train derailed over the weekend in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state, officials said Monday.

The initial death toll was reported as six, but firefighters recovered two more bodies from the wreckage early Monday.

The derailment occurred Sunday night in the poor Jardin Conceicao neighborhood of Sao Jose do Rio Preto, a city located about 438 kilometers (272 miles) from Sao Paulo.

Nine cars loaded with corn went off the tracks and hit four dwellings, destroying the structures and killing eight people, including children ages 2 and 5, who were inside.

Six other people were hospitalized, with two of them listed in serious condition.

Railway operator America Latina Logistica, or ALL, released a statement in which it expressed its condolences to the victims’ families and offered assistance.

“The causes of the accident will be investigated in an administrative process,” ALL said.

Company spokesmen denied that the train was traveling at more than 40 kph (25 mph), the speed limit in urban areas.

Train speeds are controlled via satellite, preventing engineers from speeding, ALL said.

Two derailments occurred in Sao Jose do Rio Preto in 2002, but there were no injuries.

ALL was fined in 2009 for failing to comply with an agreement to prevent derailments.

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