A ferryboat has collided with a bridge in Brazil’s northern state of Pará, plunging a 200 metre (657ft) section into the Moju River.

Witnesses said two small cars fell into the water after the ship crashed into one of the pillars.

It is unclear however how many people have been hurt and scuba divers are searching the river. The five crew on the ship are said to have survived.

Pará governor Helder Barbalho signed a state of emergency after the accident.

“Our priority is searching for victims and giving complete support to their families,” he told state media.

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