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Brazil bus collision kills 26

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The bus was carrying tourists to a bocce tournament
  • It crashed into a truck carrying a heavy load of wood

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (CNN) -- A tourist bus collided with a truck carrying a heavy load of wood in southern Brazil Saturday, killing 26 people and injuring 21 others, Santa Catarina state officials said.

The bus was heading north on a highway near the village of Sao Miguel do Oeste, said Maj. Aldo Jofe Franca, a local fire department official. Its destination was a village in Parana state, where the passengers were going to participate in a bocce tournament.

The highway had just gone through repairs. Officials have not yet determined the cause of the accident.

Journalist Luciani Gomes contributed to this report.