Erwin Tumiri

Erwin Tumiri


Erwin Tumiri, miraculously survived again fatal bus crash in Bolivia alive after surviving a plane crash that killed most of the Chapecoense football team in Colombia.


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An aviation technician survived a bus crash that killed nearly two dozen people in Bolivia, five years after surviving a plane crash that killed nearly all members of the Chapecoense football team in Colombia. Erwin Tumiri was headed to work on the highway that leads from Cochabamba to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, when the bus careened 150 meters (500 feet) down a hillside, apparently due to excessive speed.

Media reports said 21 people died in the accident, with 30 surviving the crash. Tumiri escaped almost unscathed with only minor bruises to his hand and knee. “I feel very blessed by God, although it is very difficult to see that there are people who died," Tumiri told reporters.

Tumiri was among the six people that survived a plane crash that killed 19 players from the Chapecoense team in November 2016 near Medellin, after the jet ran out of fuel. At least 21 journalists were also aboard the plane. The Brazilian team was going to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, an international competition for South American football teams. Six survived the crash: three players, a journalist, and two crew members, including Tumiri.


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