18 people died after a bus tried to avoid running over a motorcyclist, slid off the road and overturned. The incident happened on Sunday May 18, 2014 on the BR-020 highway in the state of Ceará, Brazil.
The Princesa dos Inhamuns bus with 45 people on board was coming from Boa Viagem. The bus driver, who only suffered minor injuries, reported to police that a biker was zig zagging in front of him and at one point sharply braked. In an attempt to avoid the collision, the driver lost control of the bus, which went off the road and overturned. Witnesses both from among surviving passengers on the bus and drivers who witnessed the accident from their own vehicles provided testimonies that confirmed the bus driver’s version. Forensic experts determined that the bus did not travel over the legal speed limit of 90 km/hour when it went off the highway.
16 passengers died at the scene – 8 of them were mangled so badly, they were unrecognizable. Two more died after transfer to hospital. 10 injured victims were transferred by ambulance to the Forensic Medicine Institute of Canindé, and othersto the San Francisco Hospital, also in Canindé. 4 surviving victims in very serious condition had to be helivaced to Fortaleza, the state capital of Ceará.
Props to Best Gore member Another Brazilian who lives in the state of Ceará where this happened for the pics and videos.
I have 4 videos. First video contains footage of rescue workers loading shredded remains into those infamous, reusable Brazilian plastic coffins:
Second video shows the view of the bus from the road and corpses scattered next to it:
Third video shows the many corpses in plastic bags:
Fourth video is the longest – 14 minutes. It’s mostly about the dozers preparing to flip the bus back on its wheels, which also uncovered the carnage hiding beneath:
Here’s also a gallery of a few photos. I got a whole bunch more photos, but I only picked what I thought were the best ones. The rest were mostly repeats of existing shots from slightly different angles or shots that didn’t capture anything particularly exciting: