Brazilian soccer club Sertaozinho needed to celebrate, having just won promotion. Ticker tape parades being the logistical nightmares they are, off the players went on top of a sound truck through the city streets. Their only restraints were some side rails, a detail that never comes up unless something terrible happens.
Surprisingly, putting over a ton of weight at the very top of a large vehicle tends to skew its center of gravity. Surprisinglier, the roads aren’t perfect in Sao Paulo. Surprisingliest, one dip in the road and the entire team was thrown off the top of the bus.
(Video of the Brazilian bus plunge after the break.)
(Clip courtesy of 101 GREAT GOALS)
All in all, 29 Brazilian soccer players were hurt; if you’re like us, you’re thinking, “Wow. 29 brazillion is a lot of soccer players.”
There are no reports of fatalities or life-altering injuries, which is really the only reason we’re making a “brazillion” joke, and most of the injuries are of the broken-limbed variety. Painful, to be sure, but given enough time, everybody should be playing soccer again.