Four dead, 40 hurt in Brazil bus crash

Four people were killed and nearly 40 others hurt Sunday when a bus returning from Paraguay veered off a road and into a ravine in southern Brazil, local authorities said.

The bus plunged 30 meters (yards) near the town of Passo Fundo in the north of Rio Grande do Sul state, Passo Fundo's city hall said in a statement.

The injured were rushed to area hospitals.

The bus was heading to the town of Nova Prata located in the state's mountainous Serra Gaucha region.

The G1 news website reported that the driver lost control of the vehicle.