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8 Killed in Brazil Train Crash

July 29, 2000

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) _ A commuter train slammed into another that had stopped at a station outside Sao Paulo, killing at least eight people and injuring 50 more, local media reported.

The collision occurred around 9 p.m. Friday in Perus, about 40 miles northwest of Sao Paulo.

Firefighters blamed the crash on a power failure that rendered the moving train’s braking system inoperable, the Estado news agency said.

Four cars of the train were completely destroyed and firefighters removed seven bodies from the wreckage, Estado reported. The eighth victim died at the hospital.

Firefighters said no one could immediately comment. No one was available for comment at the Sao Paulo Metropolitan Train Company, which operates both commuter trains.

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