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Subway crash leaves 33 injured

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Sao Paulo, Brazil (AP):

One subway train has crashed into the back of another in Brazil's largest city, injuring 33 persons, two of whom are reported to be in critical condition with head injuries.

Sao Paulo's fire department says one of the trains had stopped between two busy commuter stations.

The Metro company disclosed, in a statement released yesterday, that it is investigating the crash, but hadn't determined a cause.

But company chief Peter Walker tells Globo TV a mechanical failure in a braking system is suspected. Phone and email messages left with the Metro company were not returned.

Sao Paulo's subway system serves 2.7 million people per day. The line where the crash occurred is the busiest, with 1.1 million passengers each day.

Service on the line was restored about five hours after the crash.