Previously it was reported about 32 dead and 12 injured.
The accident occurred on Saturday evening, March 14, in the municipality of Campo Alegre, when the driver, according to preliminary report, lost control of the vehicle and the bus fell from a 400 meter height into the abyss.
The citizenship of the people on the bus has not been specified. The Russian Embassy in Brasilia cannot tell at the moment whether there were any Russians on the bus. Rescue teams are working on the site and they are helped by volunteers. Access to some of the victims is blocked.
This accident has become the biggest ever in Santa Catarina. In 2000, another accident in the state claimed the lives of 42 people.