41 die after bus plunges off cliff in southern Brazil

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(CNN) — A bus carrying worshipers plummeted into a ravine in Brazil on Saturday, killing 41 people and injuring another 12.

The bus veered out of a curve and plunged more than 1,100 feet in the rural area of Serra Dona Francisca, the Joenville Secretary of Regional Development said. The injured have been taken to hospitals.

All but four of the bodies of the deceased have also been recovered.

Rescuers responded to the accident with 15 ambulances and a helicopter, CNN affiliate TV Record reported. Four children are among the injured, the broadcaster reported.

The annual rate of road accident deaths in Brazil is roughly double that of the United States, according to the World Health Organization. An estimated 43,869 people died there in traffic accidents in 2010.

CNN’s Marilia Brocchetto contributed to this report.

By Brian Walker and Ben Brumfield

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