- Erwin Tumiri was among the six survivors of a plane crash in 2016 which killed 71 people
- 19 players from the Chapecoense squad lost their lives in the ill-fated LaMia Flight 2933
- Survivor Tumiri has once again escaped death in another crash that killed 21 people
Erwin Tumiri has once again escaped death by the whiskers after escaping from a coach smash which left no fewer than 21 people dead.
Tumiri was among the six people that survived a plane crash in 2016 which killed almost the entire Chapecoense football team.
On November 26, 2016 a total of 71 people died in the crash in the mountainous region near Medellin in Colombia, including 19 first-team members, with Chapecoense travelling across the continent for their Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional.
Erwin Tumiri survived that crash and now the 30-year-old has escaped death again after a packed coach careered down a hillside near the Bolivian city of Cochabamba.
Official figures have it that 21 people lost their lives with over 30 people said to be injured.
Erwin said via SunSport:
“I was feeling a bit sleepy and listening to music on my mobile phone when I heard people screaming.
“The only thing I could do was hold onto the seat in front of me, broaden my shoulders and lean against the window so I wouldn’t move as the coach overturned.
“I remained conscious throughout and managed to crawl out of the vehicle when it came to a halt.
“I can’t believe what’s happened. I’ve got injuries to my arm and I can’t lift it up at the moment."
Recall that Chapecoense returned to the country’s top-flight in the most spectacular fashion after spending a year in the second tier.
The club became famous in 2016 when 19 players from the squad lost their lives in the ill-fated LaMia Flight 2933 which crashed near Medellín, Colombia, killing 71 of the 77 people on board.
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Consequently, it affected the team that they relegated in 2019, but after a year, the club defeated state rivals Figueirense 2-1 to guarantee a top-four finish in Serie B with four games remaining and promotion for the 2021 season.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Brazilian football legend Pele has received his COVID-19 vaccine in his home city of Santos and has expressed gratitude after he was injected in his right arm.
The Santos icon took to his 5.7million followers on his Instagram handle to say:
"Today is an unforgettable day. I received the vaccine. But the pandemic is not over yet. We must keep discipline to preserve lives until many people have taken the vaccine.”
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