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By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Two accidents, both crashes of BRT buses in Rio’s Zona Oeste (West Zone), have left more than 130 people injured this morning (January 13th). The accidents are part of a series of public transport incidents in the last weeks and of an unfortunate history of accidents with the BRT.

Two BRT vehicles crashed and leave people injured, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil News
Two BRT vehicles crashed and have left people injured in Rio’s West Zone, image recreation.

The first accident occurred when two BRT buses crashed in the West Zone’s main street Avenida das Americas early this morning. Firemen rushed to the scene, which happened in direction of the Alvorada terminal around the Pontal bus stop in Recreio. They reported around sixty injured passengers.

The second accident only happened thirty minutes later in the same street, also concerning the Transoeste BRT line. It was another crash of two BRT vehicles, near the Cetex station in Guaratiba, and left around seventy people injured. Passengers of this composition have stated that the driver was arguing on his cellphone when the crash happened.

After the crashes the BRT lane had to be closed in the locales of the incidents, but BRT buses in the area are diverting to the normal lanes and traffic has reportedly gone back to normal.

Only last week several accidents in the SuperVia trains had made the headlines. The worst incident left around 229 people injured, when a train crushed into another one at the Presidente Juscelino station in Mesquita, a town in the Baixada Fluminense, on January 5th. The motorman of the second composition reported to have received authorization to run a light and crashed into the train standing in the station.

The case is currently being investigated, but Secretary of Transport Carlos Roberto Osório has already announced that the SuperVia will be fined. “This was a really serious accident and the failure is just unacceptable. This can’t happen,” Osório stated.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. I am not really surprised, here in Belo Horizonte the public transportation system buses travel at high rates of speed even in narrow residential streets. They all seem to be in a hurry and lean dangerously when they take corners. Needless to say, we have our share of bus accidents here.

    Nuff for now. David

  2. I have always been astounded at the horrendously poor driving of the majority of bus drivers here in Rio de Janeiro. I feel like I’m risking my life every time I enter a bus here and I don’t know how the elderly, injured or disabled and people with children and lots of baggage cope. It seems that bus drivers are not trained how to drive and are definitely not monitored to see how they continue driving. It’s a miracle that more people aren’t killed or injured every day.

  3. When I visited Rio back in the 1990’s and I was looking for some (daytime) excitement I always hopped on a bus from Copa to Centro.

    Watching the underpaid and clearly unappreciated bus driver getting more and more irate at having to stop at every single bus stop, by having to deal with passenger payments and small change, endless complaints and being treated like a dog by passengers on top of being ignored by hundreds of passing cars, clearly made the bus driver homicidal.

    He saw red and flicked the Ayrton Senna switch. He was all machine, a steel missile catapulting along a race track in front of him. He saw the traffic as his mortal enemy. He needed to get to pole position. His career depended on it, his children were watching – “mais rapido pai!!” screamed the little voices in his head. He jumped traffic lights, kicked dust in the faces of old grannies, missed bus stops, ignored the buzzing sounds from passengers imploring to stop, he even didn’t blink an eyelid at immodestly bikini clad females in the road.

    He could see the hard shoulder coming up, the S bend after that. The trophy was his for the taking. The zebra crossing was a pit stop he could ignore. Pedestrians were potential road kill.

    And as he took the corner, he pulled his favourite trick – the bus-on-two-wheels take – the applause rang in his head and he was the champion. The checkered flag was just ahead. He even could touch it. And just as he crossed the finishing line he collided head-on with an oil tanker sending the bus into a fire and brimstone inferno and its passengers into the afterlife.

    This is fun when you’re young. As an adult, you do start to worry about getting really old, having enough savings and staying alive.

    God bless Rio’s bus drivers – for they are the true unsung heroes of its deadly motor ways!!

  4. Ya the bus drivers like other Brazilian drivers are of a much lower standard. Everytime I go to rio i alwys see a bus…or lorry that has had a crash….lorries usually are tipped on there sides from taking corners to fast.

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