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Brazil: 33 dead in truck-bus crash

Workers check the rubble of a bus after an accident in Milagres, Brazil's Bahia state, Saturday, Dec. 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. Workers check the rubble of a bus after an accident in Milagres, Brazil's Bahia state, Saturday, Dec. 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/Ag. A Tarde/Agencia O Globo,Zenilton Meira)
By Bradley Brooks
Associated Press / December 3, 2011
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SAO PAULO—Brazilian authorities say a tractor-trailor has slammed into a bus carrying sugarcane cutters, killing at least 33 people and injuring 13 others.

A police spokesman says 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.

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

He says an investigation is ongoing.

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