Survivor: fight likely caused Brazil bus plunge

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Associated Press

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 3 at 2:32 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A survivor of the deadly crash in which a bus plunged from a 10-meter (30-foot) high viaduct onto one of Rio de Janeiro's busiest thoroughfares said Wednesday that the accident may have been triggered by dispute between a passenger and the bus driver.

Amanda Santana Silva, who was aboard the bus during Tuesday's crash, told Brazil's Globo television network that a young man became enraged after the bus driver didn't leave the doors open long enough for him to get off.

Silva, a 19-year-old pharmaceutical student, said the passenger jumped the turnstile and struck the driver. Moments later, the bus hurtled off the viaduct, killing seven and injuring 11.

The bus driver survived, but it was not clear Wednesday whether the angry passenger had.

Buses are Rio's main form of public transit

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