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Overpass collapses in World Cup host City


An overpass has collapsed in the  host city of the Fifa World Cup  Belo Horizonte in Brazil killing at least two people and injuring 19 more, an emergency official said.

Images released to the media have showen part of a passenger bus crushed under the overpass and news website G1 said another two trucks and a vehicle were also smashed.

The accident site is believed to be around 3km from the Mineirao stadium, where a World Cup semi-final match will be held next Tuesday.

It is understood that two people were killed and 19 injured, the health agency of the state of Minas Gerais said, up from an earlier toll of one dead and ten hurt.

A  spokesman for the local firefighters’ has said 13 people were rescued from the bus unscathed, but the woman driver was killed.

A car was also believed to have been crushed, but it was not known how many people were inside and what their condition was.

Firefighter spokesman Edgard Estevo da Silva told reporters.
“The vehicle is completely under the overpass,” he said.

The overpass was seen as one of the main infrastructure projects aimed at improving the city’s ailing public transport network.

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