November 11, 2008 / 1:08 PM / 11 years ago

Brazilian woman killed by husband's coffin

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A woman in Brazil was killed by the coffin carrying her late husband when the hearse they traveled in was hit by another vehicle, local media reported on Tuesday.

Marciana Silva Barcelos, 67, was on the way to the cemetery to bury her husband, Josi Silveira Coimbra, 76, who died of a heart attack the night before at a dance, Folha de Sao Paulo daily reported.

The hearse was hit from the rear by another car, local police told several newspapers, causing the coffin to slam into the head of Barcelos, who was sitting in the front passenger seat.

The accident occurred about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Porto Alegre city in Brazil’s southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul.

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