Uruguay reality show accident leaves seven dead, others limbless

Seven people died and others were severely injured while participating in a feel-good reality show in Uruguay.

The show is called A Challenge to the Heart, and it exists to “raise funds for local charities by completing difficult tasks set by the network — in this case manoeuvring a train a certain distance down railway tracks,” the BBC reports. “Contestants were pushing and pulling a train and two carriages when the vehicle gained speed and ran them over.”

The accident “killed seven people and injured at least 11, severing some of their limbs,” according to the BBC. Adding to the horror, “[a]bout 3,000 schoolchildren were at the recording and witnessed the accident.”

Seven killed in Uruguay TV stunt [BBC News]

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