Six Peruvian Transmission Line Workers Die in Brazil

Six Peruvian workers died on Monday while working on a transmission tower in Brazil near the border with Bolivia, state news agency Andina reported Tuesday.

The technicians lost their lives when the 40-meter tower collapsed, Peru’s consul general in the Brazilian city of Rio Branco, Felix Vasquez, said.

The Peruvians were working for Sanden, a Japanese company that specializes in electrical and automotive equipment.  The company informed the families in Peru of the accident on Monday.

Vasquez said the Peruvian technicians were carrying out maintenance work on the 40-foot tower, part of an electricity network in the state of Acre. They had six month contracts and were registered with with the Peruvian consulate.

Four of the deceased workers were from Tarma, in central Peru, while one was from San Martin in the north and La Libertad, on the north coast.

The Peruvian consulate said it is working to have their bodies repatriated to Peru.

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