Friday, July 04, 2014

Two people die and 19 injured in overhead-road span collapse in Brazil's Belo Horizonte

Two people died and 19 were injured as a result of the collapse of an overhead-road span in Brazil's Belo Horizonte where a semifinal match is due to be played at the World Soccer Cup Finals. 

According to reports reaching here, a concrete framework section fell, pinning down part of the passenger compartment of a bus which was riding under the overpass bridge span, and smashing a car. 

This refers to a high-speed bus-service road in the administrative center of Minas-Gerais state. 

The site where the bridge span collapsed is located not far from the Mineirao Stadium where winners of a Brazil versus Colombia match (to be played on July 5) and France vs. Germany (July 4) one are to meet on the night from July 8 to 9 in a semifinal match.

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  1. Flyover collapses in Brazil World Cup host city...

    A flyover has collapsed on to vehicles in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte, killing two people.

    The concrete and steel bridge, which was under construction, fell on to traffic on a busy highway.

    The front of a commuter bus was crushed along with two apparently unoccupied construction lorries. A car was also reported crushed.

    The south-eastern Brazilian city is due to host a football World Cup semi-final match next week.

    The health department of the state of Minas Gerais, of which Belo Horizonte is the capital, said the bus driver and another person were killed, and 22 other people were injured.

    Authorities said they had not yet reached a small passenger car that was flattened by the collapse. It was not known if anyone was inside the car but officials said they would be working through the night to try to free it.

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said on Twitter that it was "with sadness" that she found out about the accident, and she offered her "solidarity to the victims' families".

    Belo Horizonte Mayor Marcio Lacerda visited the scene of the accident and declared three days of mourning for the two victims, the city government said in a statement.

    The construction firm that was responsible for building the flyover, Cowan, said it "deeply regrets what happened".

    "At the moment, the priority is to support victims and their families," it said in a statement.

    The company said technical staff had been sent to the scene to start investigations.............................


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