Train smash in Brazil, kills 8

2013-11-25 17:45

Sao Paulo - Officials say a cargo train laden with corn derailed in southeastern Brazil, smashing into houses and killing at least eight people and injuring another six.

Rescue workers say more victims may be buried under the wreckage.

The accident occurred on Sunday afternoon as the train was passing through a residential district of the city of Sao Jose do Rio Preto.

Police inspector Marcelo Goulart tells reporters some of the nine train cars that derailed smashed into four houses. Killed were two children, four women and two men.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

News reports quoted eyewitnesses as saying the train appeared to be speeding.