What is known about the collision that killed seven in a procession in Pernambuco

What is known about the collision that killed seven in a procession in Pernambuco
What is known about the collision that killed seven in a procession in Pernambuco
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Seven people died after being run over by a minibus ungoverned in Jaboatão dos Guararapes, metropolitan region of Recifethis Sunday, 31. At least 26 people are injured after the episode.

See what is known about what happened.

What caused the accident?

A runaway minibus plowed into a procession of faithful on Easter Sunday during the Cristo Vive walk, carried out by the Nossa Senhora do Perpétuo Socorrro Church, in Jaboatão dos Guararapes.

The collision occurred on Avenida Barretos de Medeiros, in the Marcos Freire neighborhood, on the outskirts of the city.

What did the driver claim?

The driver of the vehicle would have lost control of the steering wheel and hit the faithful who were participating in the procession.

Minibus runs over people during procession in Jaboatão dos Guararapes. Photograph: Fire Department/

The driver fled the scene after the accident but presented himself to the Civil Police on Sunday to give a statement.

Was the documentation regular?

The vehicle and driver documentation are in good standing, according to the city hall. The Civil Police is opening an investigation to clarify the circumstances of the incident.

How did local authorities react?

After the accident, the city hall of Jaboatão dos Guararapes declared three days of official mourning. A multidisciplinary team was appointed at the Adelaide Pessoa Câmara School to provide necessary services in support of the victims’ families.

On Sunday, the governor of Pernambuco, Raquel Lyra (PSDB), expressed solidarity in a statement on social media. “Sad to hear the news this Easter Sunday,” she said.

The Archdiocese of Olinda and Recife also spoke out on social media, asking the authorities “that the situation be investigated, with everyone involved in the accident held duly responsible”. The Archdiocese will hold a mass in memory of the victims this Monday at 3 pm.

The article is in Portuguese

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