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Car accident in Port of Rio de Janeiro leaves four dead

Nov, 19, 2020 Posted by Ruth Hollard

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On the night of November 18, a car accident inside the Port of Rio de Janeiro left four dead. According to Companhia Docas do Rio de Janeiro (CDRJ) the accident occurred on the stretch in front of the 10/11 warehouses. A service vehicle that was transporting Pennant Serviços Marítimos employees lost control in a rainstorm and fell into Guanabara Bay. The accident left four dead. A survivor managed to get out of the car before the sinking.

According to witnesses, the company’s driver was maneuvering to take workers away when the car began to slip. Many people were on site at the time because of the shift change.

Witnesses at the scene said the car hit a side guard before falling into the water and sinking. It is not yet possible to say if there was a mechanical failure or if the ground was too slippery.

Activated by the Port Guard, rescuers from the Labor-Management Agency (OGMO) and the Fire Department provided first aid to the survivor, who is out of danger. The heavy rain that fell in Rio made it difficult for firefighters to work. As it is a ship-arrival area, the region where the car sank with the occupants is quite deep.

The Military Police, the Port Captaincy, and the Civil Police were also on site. The bodies were sent to the Legal Medical Institute (IML) at 02:51, following the standard procedure provided for fatalities. The car will be taken out of the water and the responsible authorities are investigating the causes of the accident.

With information from G1

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