Football referee sliced in half after head-on crash in deadly motorway tragedy

A football referee was sliced in half in a horror motorbike crash on a Brazilian motorway.

Local media reported the smash happened on the BR-420 federal highway between the municipalities of Itaquara and Jaguaquara, Bahia State, on Tuesday, May 2.

According to the Civil Police, motorcyclist Anderson Soares Brandao and another, unnamed biker, collided head-on. It is not clear what caused the crash to happen. Anderson, 37, was sliced in half in the collision.

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Harrowing footage seen by Daily Star Sport shows how the upper half of his body landed yards away from the lower half. The other motorcyclist was rescued by the Emergency Medical Service and taken to Prado Valadares General Hospital in Jequie. His condition was described as serious.

Anderson refereed his last football match on April 30. The fixture between Itaquara and Santa Ines was part of the Copa InterVale.

The cup paid tribute to the referee, who was part of the Bahia Football Federation, saying in a statement: "We mourn the loss of a professional and such an important human being in the history of the Copa Inter Vale."

Anderson leaves behind a wife and two children, who are both under the age of 18. According to his social media profile, he lived in Lafaiete Coutinho.

His intro reads: "Each being within themselves carries the gift of being capable and being happy."


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