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8 Killed in Brazil Train Crash
Story Filed: Saturday, July 29, 2000 3:09 AM EDT
SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- A commuter train slammed into another that had stopped at a station outside Sao Paulo, killing at least eight people and injuring 50 more, local media reported.
The collision occurred around 9 p.m. Friday in Perus, about 40 miles northwest of Sao Paulo.
Firefighters blamed the crash on a power failure that rendered the moving train's braking system inoperable, the Estado news agency said.
Four cars of the train were completely destroyed and firefighters removed seven bodies from the wreckage, Estado reported. The eighth victim died at the hospital.
Firefighters said no one could immediately comment. No one was available for comment at the Sao Paulo Metropolitan Train Company, which operates both commuter trains.
-- (Dee360Degree@aol.com), July 29, 2000
Saturday July 29 1:05 AM ET
Brazil Train Crash Leaves 12 Dead, 110 Injured
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Twelve people were killed and an estimated 110 were injured on Friday night when an empty train rammed into a passenger train on the outskirts of Brazil's biggest city of San Paulo, local media reported.
The crash occurred at the Peru's train station in the west of Sao Paulo's metropolitan area, said a spokesman at the city's military police. The official could not immediately confirm the deaths or injuries, reported by Globo television news and local radio.
The trains collided at about 9:15 p.m. local time (0015 GMT). the spokesman said. One empty train slammed into a train crammed with passengers, which was stopped at the platform, destroying half of the platform and leaving a mangled wreck, television images showed.
Scores of injured were being treated at hospitals in the vicinity.
The collision was caused by an electricity blackout, Globo News reported.
-- Rachel Gibson (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 29, 2000.