August 30, 2017 5:26 pm

2 dead in massive highway pileup, explosion on Brazil bridge

A collision between two tractor trailer trucks created a massive pile-up and fire with about a dozen other vehicles on a highway bridge in San Paolo, Brazil on Wednesday.

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Two people are dead and at least 12 injured in an early morning 36-vehicle pile-up in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo.

The crash occurred around 7:45 a.m. (10:45 GMT) when a truck carrying ink collided with a truck carrying scrap metal. Cars behind them weren’t able to stop in time and the crash soon extended as far as motorists could see.

Flames engulfed both trucks and at least 12 of the cars, with the heavy smoke causing visibility problems.

Authorities said one victim was believed to have been struck after he exited his vehicle to avoid the fire. Another victim died when his car got stuck between the trucks.

© 2017 Reuters

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