A truck driver has filmed the horrifying moment he was buried alive inside his cabin after a deadly landslide covered a motorway and killed at least two people.
The massive landslip — which saw the side of a mountain plummet down across a road and bridge in southern Brazil — swept more than 20 huge lorries and cars aside with a mass of rubble, earth, and trees on Tuesday.
It completely closed the stretch of the BR-376 highway in Guaratuba, Parana state, and followed torrential rain, with continuing bad weather hampering the later clean-up efforts. One of those rescued was Jose Altair Biscaia, 43, from Araucaria, who was trapped for more than four hours.
With his face covered in blood and his cab filled with debris, he calmly narrates what has happened, saying: "I'm here alive, thank God. I'm in the middle of the soil, but alive. I'm just in the corner here, of what's left of the truck."
He continues: "I'm full of cuts, but I'm alive. God wanted me to live again. I'm sore all over, breathing poorly, I think my head is cut, but I'm alive, thank God."
Footage shows Mr Biscaia looking around at the inside of his truck in disbelief as blood drips down his face.
A local fireman involved in the rescue confirmed the 43-year-old had shot the video himself after his truck was swept off the motorway by the landslide. After being freed, he was taken to hospital in Joinville, where his injuries were treated, and he was allowed to go home after 24 hours.
Mr Biscaia was reportedly one of six people rescued alive.
A 24-hour hotline has been set up for people who believe they may have friends or relatives still trapped to get in touch to help identify any bodies. Rescue workers have been hampered by the risk of further landslides and fears that the highway might still collapse.
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