Overpass collapses in World Cup city
Radio New Zealand
July 5, 2014 12:04 am
An unfinished overpass has collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte, killing at least two people and injuring 10 more.
Television images showed part of a passenger bus crushed under the overpass and news website G1 said another two trucks and a vehicle were also smashed.
A spokeswoman for the Minas Gerais state health department said two people died and 19 were injured in the collapse on Thursday. A fire department spokesman said one person was trapped in a car, and possibly more.
Reuters reports the accident site is around 3 kilometres from the Mineirao stadium, where a World Cup semi-final match will be held next Tuesday.
The stadium has already hosted five games.
The cause of the collapse was unclear. The overpass was part of a network of bus lanes that Brazil planned to have ready for the World Cup, but was not finished on time. The bridge was to be used for passenger buses.