Moment bus carrying one half of Brazilian pop duo Conrado & Aleksandro dies along with five others in 90 mph bus crash
- Luiz Aleksandro Talhari, a singer with Brazilian country duo Conrado & Aleksandro, was one of six people killed in the group’s tour bus accident
- Their bus was reportedly seen speeding about 43 minutes before it crashed and overturned on a highway in São Paulo on Saturday morning
- The duo along with band members and members of the traveling party were headed to the group’s concert in the São Paulo city on San Pedro
- João Soares, the other half of the duo who goes by Conrado, suffered a pelvic fracture and is in intensive care
- Authorities believe the accident may have been caused by a blown tire, which led to the driver losing control of the bus before crashing
This is the moment a Brazilian country music duo’s tour bus was seen speeding on a Brazilian highway before it crashed and overturned, killing six band members, including one of the lead singers.
The country duo Conrado & Aleksandro was traveling Saturday morning for a show that was scheduled later at night in the São Paulo city of San Pedro when their bus overturned on the Regis Bittencourt highway in Miracatu.
Luiz Aleksandro Talhari, 34, was declared dead at the scene of the accident.
João Soares, who is also known as Conrado, was the first person who was removed from the bus, according to local media outlets.
He was rushed to Regional Hospital in municipality of Registro and underwent surgery for a pelvis fracture and to control bleeding.
He is serious condition and is under observation in the intensive care unit.
Luiz Aleksandro Talhari (left), of the country duo Conrado & Aleksandro, with his bandmate João Soares (right), was killed Saturday in São Paulo, Brazil, after their speeding tour bus crashed on a highway. Soares, who adopted the artistic name of Conrado, suffered a pelvic fracture and underwent surgery
Six people including singer Aleksandro, of the Brazilian country music duo Conrado & Aleksandro, died in a bus crash Saturday morning in the southeastern state of São Paulo
Musicians Wisley Novais, 26; Marzio Anibal, 42; and Roger Calgnoto, 38, died in the accident. Roadie Giovani Lopes, 23, and light technician Gabriel Fukuda, 19, were also killed.
Eleven other people who were traveling in the bus were injured but were not hospitalized.
The motorist who recorded the video told news outlet G1 that he was always recording speeding vehicles on the highway and decided to accelerate when he noticed that the Conrado and Aleksandro bus driver was going past 86 miles per hour on the highway.
The federal limit for buses is 49 miles per hour.
Still image from the video recorded by a motorist who said he noticed the tour bus of country music duo Conrado & Aleksandro speeding on the highway and accelerated himself to catch up to it as it recorded the driver going past 86 miles per hour. The limit for buses in Brazil is 49 miles per hour
Luiz Aleksandro Talhari formed the band Conrado & Aleksandro in 2003 before his original bandmate Conrado Bueno went his own way in 2019 to pursue a solo career
João Soares, who is also known as Conrado from the Brazilian country music duo Conrado & Aleksandro, suffered a pelvic fracture in the bus accident
Rescue workers work to remove the victims from the Conrado & Aleksandro tour bus after it crashed and overturned on a highway in São Paulo, Brazil, on Saturday
‘The bus passed at over (86 mph) and caught my attention. I accelerated to reach it,’ the man said. ‘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.’
The video was recorded at 9:47 am while the crash took place at 10:30 am.
The Federal Highway police said the accident could have been the result of a blown tire, which caused backup driver Valdoir Martins to lose control of the bus before it crashed and landed on its side in the middle of a grass field located between the highway lanes.
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 departire and adopted the artistic name of Conrado.