Authorities in Brazil have confirmed that at least 54 people were k****d when a bus they were riding plunged off a cliff in the country’s southern state of Santa Catarina.
The bus was carrying a group of evangelical Christians en route to a religious event in the neighboring state of Parana when it swerved off a curve on Saturday and crashed hundreds of meters to a wooded area.
The bus was around 10 kilometers away from the city of Joinville when it crashed. Highway and weather conditions at the time were good, reported the police.
There were at least six survivors, including two children, who were treated for injuries.
Rescue crews were still trying to recover bodies a full day after the accident.
The police believe that the brakes failed, although they still could not determine the official cause of the accident.
Brazil averages more than 18 highway deaths per 100,000 people per year, compared with only about 10 in high-income countries, according to a report by the Inter-American Development Bank.
The country’s highways are considered among the deadliest in Latin America. D***h tolls in Argentina, Colombia and Chile average only about 13.
President Dilma Rousseff has already expressed her sympathy for the family and friends of the victims.