A security camera has captured a tour bus seconds before it crashed killing a Brazilian country music singer and five band members.
The duo Conrado & Aleksandro were seen driving down the highway near a residential street in the southeastern state of São Paulo before it overturned Saturday morning.
The accident claimed the lives of Luiz Aleksandro Talhari, one half of the country music duo, and five band members.
Eleven other people, including Aleksandro’s band mate, João Soares, who goes by Conrado, suffered a pelvic fracture and was hospitalized.
Nearby residents who heard the deafening crash could be seen jogging towards the Régis Bittencourt Highway as traffic on the road came to a halt
Luiz Aleksandro Talhari (pictured), one half of the country music duo Conrado & Aleksandro, died alongside five band members after their tour bus crashed on a highway in São Paulo, Brazil
A residential surveillance camera captured the tour bus travelling down the highway seconds before one of its tires reportedly blew up, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle before it crashed and overturned
Marco Valadares, the country music duo’s attorney, said the accident was caused by a puncture in the bus’ front left tire.
The Federal Highway Patrol is still investigating the official cause of the accident and whether the driver was speeding after a motorist recorded the bus reportedly exceeding the speed limit.
The driver who uploaded the video to a WhatsApp chat room noted the bus topped at least 90 miles per hour. The federal limit for buses is 49 miles per hour.
‘The bus passed at over (86 mph) and caught my attention. I accelerated to reach it,’ the 46-yea-old man told Brazilian news outlet G1.
‘I didn’t film with the intention of harming anyone. I have a habit of filming these things. I posted [the content] in a WhatsApp group. When I saw the repercussion, I tried to erase it, but I had no control anymore.’
Nearby residents who heard the crash could be seen jogging towards the scene as traffic on the Régis Bittencourt Highway came to a halt
Luiz Aleksandro Talhari (left) was killed while João Soares (right), who adopted the artistic name of Conrado, suffered a pelvic fracture and underwent surgery
Conrado & Aleksandro was initially formed in 2003 by Conrado Bueno and Aleksandro.
The duo recorded five albums and then split in February 2019 when Bueno decided to pursue a solo career.
Soares joined Aleksandro soon after Bueno’s departure and adopted the artistic name of Conrado.