At least 14 people were killed and two others injured when four vehicles collided on a highway in the northeastern Brazilian state of Paraiba, the highway patrol said Monday.

The accident happened Sunday night on federal highway BR 230 between the cities of Patos and Santa Luzia.

A truck hauling a load of lumber hit an automobile head-on and spilled the load, which fell on a van that was coming up behind it.

The driver of another truck was unable to stop in time and hit the van.

Thirteen of the victims, including two children, were traveling in the van, which was used to transport people from Joao Pessoa, the capital of Paraiba, to Campina Grande, the state's second-largest city.

Several of the bodies found at the accident scene were mutilated, the highway patrol said.

The accident happened a day after at least 36 people were killed and 13 others injured in a crash involving three vehicles in Bahia, another state in northeastern Brazil.

The majority of the victims in Saturday's accident were sugar-cane cutters.