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Bus plunges into ravine in Brazil, killing at least 40

Bus plunges into ravine in Brazil, killing at least 40
Rescue crews work at the scene of a bus accident in Campo Alegre, southeastern Brazil. (Salmo Duarte / AFP/Getty Images)

A bus carrying about 50 passengers plunged into a deep ravine in the mountains of southeastern Brazil late Saturday, killing at least 40 people, a police official said.

Police Col. Paulo Henrique Hemm told the G1 news portal that at least a dozen other people were injured and taken to nearby hospitals.

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Hemm said the cause was still under investigation but that it appeared the driver might have lost control on a curve and the bus then ran off the road and fell into a  1,300-foot ravine.

He said the accident happened in a mountainous area of Santa Catarina state.

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