Three car crash on the BR-101 in Recife, Pernambuco-Paraiba, Brazil, killed four people who were incerated after the impact. Around 6 am local time, a Ford Fiesta collided with a van which caused the van to erupt in flames. A truck that had just passed another vehicle that was following the car and van very closely then hit the wreckage. Five others were injured but were rescued from the scene. Rescue crews and bystanders could do nothing to help the people burning in the van. One rescuer identified as Maurinécia Francisco de Sousa, commented on the futility of the situation:
We saw those people dying and could not do anything. We managed (to get) the most (victims out). We were afraid it would explode. See(ing) those people being burned, (asking) for help, and you (stand by) helplessly was horrible.
Relatives identified all of the victims who were construction workers from Goiana, state of Pernambuco. The group went to work on a project in the district of Bessa in Joao Pessoa, leaving Goiana at 5 am. The other five injured were also construction workers and were taken to hospital where they are all expected to recover.
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