Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Brazil: Eleven Killed, Six Injured in Bus Accident in Teresopolis

According to EFE, eleven people were killed and six others injured yesterday (October 22) when a rural commuter bus ran off the road in a mountainous area of Rio de Janeiro state. The accident took place near the town of Guapimirim on the highway linking Rio de Janeiro city with Teresopolis.

COMMENT: The vehicle left the town of Itaperuna, in northwestern Rio state, early Monday with 29 people aboard. 

Authorities are still attempting to determine what caused the bus to run off the road while rounding a curve and then plunge into a wooded area. 

As I have said on number of occasions in the past, many rural bus companies in developing countries pay their drivers as little as possible, conduct no background checks and spend little in maintaining the safety of their vehicles.

For foreign travelers and tourists who believe that traveling on the cheap adds to the value of the cultural experience,  please also consider that very often one can lose their life at no additional charge, particularly when traveling in countries in Central and South America.