Ten dead, 20 injured in Brazil student bus crash

Ten people were killed and at least 20 injured when a bus carrying students on a hiking trip crashed in Brazil, police said on Tuesday.

AFP| Last Updated: Oct 28, 2014, 19:31 PM IST

Sao Paulo: Ten people were killed and at least 20 injured when a bus carrying students on a hiking trip crashed in Brazil, police said on Tuesday.

"They were traveling on a bus for a school trip," a police spokesperson told AFP. "There are 10 deaths and at least 20 wounded."

The bus was traveling late Monday from Sao Paulo to Borborema when it collided with an oncoming freight truck, killing 10 people instantly, according to Brazil's G1 news site.

The truck was carrying vegetable oil and a fire erupted after the crash, which took firefighters two hours to control, G1 reported.

Police could not confirm the identity of the 10 dead, but the news site said that six students between the ages of 15 and 17, three teachers and a school director may have been among those killed.

There were three buses traveling for the school trip and they were returning from the expedition in Sao Paulo at the time of the crash, Borborema's education secretary Maria Angela Martins told G1.

The injured were taken to nearby hospitals in Borborema, where three days of mourning was declared.

"The city is providing assistance, it is a very difficult time," Martins said.

The bus, carrying 43 students, was so badly struck that its side was torn off, officials said. The other two buses were not involved in the crash.

The site of the accident remained blocked off today.