January 29, 2019 10:20 am
Updated: January 29, 2019 8:21 pm

5 arrest warrants issued for Vale dam collapse in Brazil that left 65 dead

WATCH: Three employees of Brazilian miner Vale SA and two other engineers working on behalf of the company were arrested on Tuesday, state prosecutors said, deepening a crisis for the company after another deadly disaster at one of its mines.

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Brazilian authorities have issued arrest warrants for five people in connection with a dam collapse that killed at least 65 people as it plastered part of a city with reddish-brown mud and mining waste.

Police issued the orders on Tuesday in Sao Paulo and in the state of Minas Gerais, where the collapse happened. They came as rescue crews worked for the fifth day to search for survivors or bodies.

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Local media reported the warrants were for employees of Vale, the mining company that owned and operated the waste dam that collapsed.

In a statement, Vale said it was working with authorities. However, a spokeswoman couldn’t immediately confirm that those being sought worked for the company.

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An Associated Press photographer saw police bringing back one of the alleged suspects in Sao Paulo.

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