Handout picture released by Minas Gerais Firefighters showingand overturned bus after an accident involving fans of Brazilian football team Corinthians on a highway in Igarape, metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais State, Brazil, on August, 20, 2023. Image Credit: Photo by Minas Gerais Fire Department / AFP

Rio De Janeiro: At least seven people died and 27 others were hospitalized Sunday in southeastern Brazil when a driver lost control of a bus carrying football fans on a mountainous road, fire officials said.

The accident occurred on a highway near Belo Horizonte in Minas Gerais state, they said.

Passengers interviewed by the G1 news website said the driver cried out that he had no brakes shortly before losing control.

More than 40 fans of the Corinthians football club of Sao Paulo were on the bus, returning from a match the night before in Belo Horizonte.

Fernando Frois, a lieutenant with the Minas Gerais firefighters, reported the casualty toll but did not say what condition those hospitalized were in.

The country's National Agency of Land Transportation (ANTT) said in a statement that the bus was unregistered and lacked authorization to transport passengers between states.

Clubs from across Brazil, as well as the Brazilian Football Confederation, sent their condolences to the families and friends of the victims.