A bus carrying Corinthians fans was involved in an accident that killed seven people early this Sunday (20), on the Fernão Dias highway, in the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte (MG). According to reports from survivors, the driver shouted that the vehicle had no brakes.
In a note, the National Land Transport Agency (ANTT) reported that the vehicle was neither registered nor authorized to carry out interstate passenger transport.
In all, according to the Civil Police, 36 people were injured in the accident, 27 of which needed medical attention and were sent to hospitals in the region. According to the Fire Department, there were 43 people on the bus.
São Paulo fans traveled to Taubaté (SP) after the team’s game against Cruzeiro and transported people who live in São José dos Campos, Pindamonhangaba, Caçapava, Taubaté and Jacareí. The vehicle was contracted by the sub-headquarters of Gaviões da Fiel do Vale do Paraíba.
The accident prompted notes of regret from several football clubs in the country and also from President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
“I hope for the recovery of the injured and for the determination of the causes of the bus accident. We need peace and transport vehicles in good condition on the roads, because there is no way to recover lost lives”, wrote Lula.
My condolences to the family and friends of the seven Corinthians fans who died in a disaster early this Sunday in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais. I hope for the recovery of the injured and for the investigation of the causes of the accident with the bus. We need peace and vehicles…
— Lula (@LulaOficial) August 20, 2023
Corinthians showed solidarity with the families and made itself available to help. The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and other teams also mourned the tragic accident.
Sport Club Corinthians Paulista expresses its regret for the victims of the accident that occurred early this Sunday (20), on the Fernão Dias highway, involving the bus carrying fans who were in Belo Horizonte to support the team during the match against Cruzeiro, in… pic.twitter.com/3vCQr63Oai
— Corinthians (@Corinthians) August 20, 2023
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) sympathizes with the victims of the bus accident involving fans of Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, in Minas Gerais. Of 46 people, seven died and ten were trapped in the wreckage.
The vehicle overturned on Fernão Dias Highway, in… pic.twitter.com/QKsvIuGC6v
— CBF Football (@CBF_Futebol) August 20, 2023
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo deeply regrets the deaths of Corinthians fans, victims of a serious bus accident on Fernão Dias Highway. A lot of strength to friends and family at this very sad time. #CRF
— Flamengo (@Flamengo) August 20, 2023
São Paulo Futebol Clube regrets the accident on the Fernão Dias Highway, which caused the death of Corinthians fans in the early hours of this Sunday, and sympathizes with the families and friends of the victims of this tragedy. pic.twitter.com/8nmggr0CLt
— Sao Paulo FC (@SaoPauloFC) August 20, 2023
Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras deeply regrets the death of Corinthians fans in an accident on Fernão Dias Highway, early this Sunday, and sympathizes with the families of the victims of this tragedy 😔 pic.twitter.com/I5gK1L1Lb6
— SE Palmeiras (@Palmeiras) August 20, 2023
Editing: Vivian Virissimo