At least two killed and 19 injured in Brazil road collapse

An unfinished overpass collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte killing at least two people and casting a shadow over a tournament that has suffered repeated construction accidents and delays.

Brazil flyover collapse death toll confirmed as two

Two people have now died after a flyover collapsed in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte.

Nineteen people have also been injured in the accident, which trapped a commuter bus, two trucks and a car.

The accident occured in Belo Horizonte, a host city for the World Cup. Credit: Reuters
A car is seen crushed under the debris. Credit: Reuters
Rescue workers inspect a bus trapped underneath a bridge that collapsed. Credit: Reuters

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19 injured and at least one killed in overpass collapse

An unfinished overpass collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte killing at least one person and casting a shadow over a tournament that has suffered repeated construction accidents and delays. It was earlier reported that two people had been killed.

19 injured and at least one killed in overpass collapse.

The bridge, located about two miles (3 km) from the Mineirao Stadium where World Cup games are being played, collapsed as vehicles were passing on a busy road underneath. Part of a passenger bus was crushed and another car was still trapped in the wreckage hours later.

The collapsed bridge stretched over one of the major thoroughfares connecting the stadium area with the international airport. It was part of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system that officials had promised would be ready for the World Cup.

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Rescuers struggling to access car trapped under rubble

A car was crushed by an overpass in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte this afternoon.
A car was crushed by an overpass in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte this afternoon. Credit: Reuters

A worker from the Fire Department in Belo Horizonte told Globo News that it is proving difficult for rescue workers to access a car that is trapped underneath an overpass that collapsed in the World Cup host city this afternoon.

“We need to stabilise the area to access the site safely and to study the situation at the bottom [of the rubble]” Lieutenant Colonel Edgard Estevo said.

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Two dead, more trapped in Brazil overpass collapse

At least two people are now confirmed to have died when an overpass collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte, emergency officials said.

An unfinished overpass collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte.
An unfinished overpass collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte. Credit: RTV

Two people died and 19 were injured, a spokeswoman for the Minas Gerais state health department told Reuters.

A fire department spokesman said there was still one person trapped in a car, and possibly more.

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Commuter bus, two construction trucks and car trapped

A commuter bus, two construction trucks and a car are trapped underneath an overpass in Brazilian World Cup host city Belo Horizonte, with at least one person - the female bus driver - confirmed dead.

A commuter bus, two construction trucks and a car are trapped under an overpass in a Brazilian World Cup host city.
A commuter bus, two construction trucks and a car are trapped under an overpass in a Brazilian World Cup host city. Credit: RTV

The incident took place on main avenue, the expansion of which was part of the World Cup infrastructure plan.

A woman who was driving a commuter bus trapped by the overpass died, said Captain Federico Pascual of the Belo Horizonte fire department.

Mr Pascual said another 10 people were injured in the collapse, all construction workers.

The overpass "arched over a really busy thoroughfare", he said, adding that he feared there may be at least one more death.

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Scene of overpass collapse in Brazil's World Cup city

The site where an overpass collapsed on a passenger bus in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte is around two miles from the Mineirao stadium, where a semi-final match will be held next Tuesday.

At least one person has died after an overpass collpased on a bus in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte.
At least one person has died after an overpass collpased on a bus in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte. Credit: APTN

At least one person has died and 10 more injured.

The overpass was one of the many infrastructure projects aimed at improving the city's ailing public transport network.

An aerial view of the scene shows the yellow bus wedged under the overpass.
An aerial view of the scene shows the yellow bus wedged under the overpass. Credit: APTN

The bridge was to be used for passenger buses in a system known as BRT/Move, considered a legacy project from the World Cup.

A digger is seen clearing earth close to the crash.
A digger is seen clearing earth close to the crash. Credit: APTN

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Bus among vehicles trapped under collapsed road

A bus appears to be among the vehicles trapped underneath a collapsed overpass in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte.

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