THIS is the horrifying moment a train ploughed into a school bus killing two children and injuring six others.
Passengers were hurled onto the tracks during the terrifying incident, which happened in Parana, Brazil, on Thursday morning.
Not known, clear with picture deskA car is seen stopping at the crossing moments before the train approaches[/caption]
Not known, clear with picture deskThe bus carrying 25 students, however, does not stop and is obliterated by the oncoming train[/caption]
The bus was transporting 25 students and three teachers to school when the train smashed into it at an intersection in the southern city of Jandaia do Sul.
Footage showed a car on the opposite side of the road coming to a halt as the train approached the crossing.
The bus is then seen passing over the tracks and the train subsequently crashes into it.
According to local authorities, two girls, aged 11 and 15, died at the scene.
Five students and one teacher were also injured.
The impact of the crash ejected at least four people out of the bus and left them lying near the railway tracks.
One of the victims could be seen standing up and taking a few steps before falling to the ground.
Tragically, the father of the 15-year-old was on his way to work when he was made aware of the accident.
He said: “I ran there and then saw that it was my daughter’s bus.”
Wallacy de Souza, the region’s fire department chief, told local media: “We didn’t have much to do.
“Another six victims, including a teacher, were taken in serious condition to hospitals in the region.”
The bus belonged to the Association of Parents and Friends of the Disabled.
The driver was interviewed by police and claimed he was unaware that the train was nearing the intersection.
Carlos Paravidino, Jandaia do Sul chief inspector, told G1 news: “He confirmed that he did not see the train approaching and did not even hear a sound, even after a car had stopped on the other side of the street.”
Local cops and investigators from the Institute of Criminalistics are examining the cause of the accident.
Following the tragedy, Parana acting governor Darcia Piana declared three days of mourning.
Piana said: “The Parana school community is in mourning with this serious accident in Jandaia do Sul.
“May God comfort the girls’ families and may the others soon recover from this accident.
“The Government of Parana will do what it can to help these people.”