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Brazil tram crash kills five and injures dozens

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Brazil tram crash kills five and injures dozens


A popular tram that runs through one of Rio de Janeiro’s most scenic neighbourhoods has derailed, killing five people, including the driver, and injuring almost 60.

Foreign tourists are said to be among those hurt.

The tram went off the tracks in the Santa Teresa district and crashed down the street.

The cause is not known but reports suggest there was significant overcrowding.

Two months ago a French tourist fell to his death from a similar tram as it crossed a bridge.

The tram service is a common tourist attraction in Rio, which will stage matches in Brazil’s football World Cup in 2014 and host the Olympics two years later.

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