The Civil Police of Minas Gerais (PCMG) is investigating whether the accident involving the fall of a rock in the Capitol canyons may have been caused by the action of third parties. According to the agency, however, it is still necessary to wait for a report that is being produced by geologists in order to verify the reason for the fall. The possibility that the accident had some natural cause is also not ruled out.
“The focus now is not looking for culprits, but answers. We are working alongside science. In addition to our core of experts, we have several specialists and geologists”, said this Friday (14th), at a press conference, delegate Marcos Pimenta, who presides over the investigation into the causes of the accident.
According to the delegate, this report can be finalized between 30 and 40 days, but it will be at the discretion of experts whether there will be a need for further expertise. “We have no commitment to a completion date. It will be when all doubts are exhausted. This is our commitment”, said Pimenta.
“What I can say is that we have already made contact with scientists. If any agency is responsible and causality between the absence of inspection and the accident is proven, there will be accountability”, said the delegate.
During the investigations, the Civil Police of Minas Gerais has heard 17 people, including surviving victims and witnesses, including the mayors of Capitólio and São José da Barra. The hearing of the owner of the venture where the accident occurred has not yet been carried out because they have Covid-19.
The accident in Capitólio took place on Saturday (8) after a rock came off one of the walls that form a canyon and fell into Lake Furnas, leaving 10 people dead.
About two hours before the rock collapse, the Civil Defense of Minas Gerais had issued an alert for heavy rains in the region with the possibility of a “water head” – it is not known if there is any rule that prohibits the entry of tourists in this situation. at the place where the accident occurred.