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Man Clings To Lorry For 19 Miles Following Crash That Killed Wife

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Man Clings To Lorry For 19 Miles Following Crash That Killed Wife

A motorcyclist in Brazil clung to a lorry for 19 miles following a crash that killed his wife.

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Anderson Antonio Pereira could be seen hanging onto the side of the lorry on the northern coast of Santa Catarina on Saturday, with his motorcycle jammed under the front of the vehicle.

The lorry had hit the back of the motorcycle, which was carrying 49-year-old Anderson and his 47-year-old wife Sandra Pereira.

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Anderson was able to hold onto the door of the lorry for 19 miles (30km) while Sandra was left in the road. She was flown to hospital by helicopter but died of head injuries, leaving behind a 26-year-old son.

Motorists were eventually able to drag the 36-year-old lorry driver from his vehicle and he was arrested.

Anderson had to cling onto the lorry for 19 miles. Credit: Newsflash
Anderson had to cling onto the lorry for 19 miles. Credit: Newsflash

Officer Uiliam Soares da Silva said the driver showed signs of drug use, and cocaine was seized from the lorry, though he passed a breathalyser test.

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According to Brazilian news outlet G1, da Silva said: "The state he was in was that of a drug addict.

"When he arrived at the DP [police station] he was trying to bite people. He was extremely aggressive."

Last week, a man in Mexico had to hold on for dear life from the edge of a hot air balloon as it drifted up into the sky.

Onlookers in Teotihuacan could be heard screaming as a group tugged ropes in a bid to pull the hot air balloon back to the ground.

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Onlookers urged him to 'hold on' as he hung suspended in the air. Credit: Newsflash
Onlookers urged him to 'hold on' as he hung suspended in the air. Credit: Newsflash

However, as he edged closer to the safe earth below, the man lost his grip and plunged several metres. Mercifully, he was able to break his fall by grabbing onto a rope, before at last being lowered back to the ground.

Authorities are now investigating the hot air balloon company, as well as similar businesses in the area, to ensure they have the necessary permits and security measures.

Featured Image Credit: Newsflash

Topics: World News, crime, Brazil

Jake Massey
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