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Survivor of the Chapecoense disaster survives bus accident with 20 dead

Updated March 3, 2021, 7:18 a.m.

  • A serious bus accident occurred in Bolivia.
  • At least 20 people were killed.
  • But there were also survivors – and among them is a man who survived the Chapecoense disaster in 2016: Erwin Tumiri.

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A survivor of the plane crash of the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense jumped the death a second time off the shovel. Erwin Tumiri survived a serious bus accident in Bolivia on Tuesday, with at least 20 dead and dozens injured, Bolivian media reported.

Five years ago Tumiri was one of only six survivors of a plane crash in Colombia in which large parts of the Chapecoense crew were killed.

Tumiri after misfortune: “I can’t believe it”

“I crawled out, sat down and said, ‘Again – I can’t believe it,'” the newspaper “Los Tiempos” quoted Tumiri as saying. His sister Lucia told “El Deber” that her brother had only minor injuries and was in hospital for treatment. According to the reports, the Bolivian is regularly on the route between Santa Cruz in the lowlands in the southeast of the country and Cochabamba in the central highlands and was on his way to work when the bus fell 150 meters at Colomi.

On November 28, 2016, Tumiri was part of the crew of the plane with the Chapecoense team on board, which crashed on the way to Medellin for the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana, the South American Cup, in Colombia. 71 people were killed in the accident, including almost all the players as well as supervisors, coaches and accompanying journalists. (dpa / mbo)

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