Two Dead, 19 Injured After Highway Collapse in World Cup City

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At least 19 people are injured, and two dead, after a highway overpass collapsed in Belo Horizonte, one of a dozen Brazilian cities hosting World Cup games this month, according to multiple reports. As Mashable notes, the collapsed overpass was under construction. It fell onto at least four vehicles on the road below. A video posted to YouTube appears to show footage of the collapse. 

As the AP reports, the overpass was part of an infrastructure plan connected to the World Cup: 

The incident took place on a main avenue, the expansion of which was part of the World Cup infrastructure plan but, like most urban mobility projects related to the Cup, was not finished on time for the event.

The AP adds that a woman driving a commuter bus trapped under the overpass has died, and that ten of the reported injured were construction workers. The collapse trapped the commuter bus, two construction vehicles, and a passenger car. The fire department confirmed the driver's death to the AP; the mayor's office told the news service that a second person had died in the disaster. 

Pictures from the scene show multiple vehicles under the overpass. It's not clear at this point whether there are still people trapped inside those vehicles. 


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