Overpass collapses in World Cup city; one death, 19 injuries confirmed
An unfinished overpass in the city of Belo Horizonte, hosting the Brazilian World Cup, collapsed on July 3, trapping a passenger bus and multiple cars and trucks under the wreckage. One person is confirmed dead while there are 19 reported injuries. These numbers may rise.
"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," reports Reuters. "The collapsed bridge ran 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."
According to Reuters, "Heavy government spending on the World Cup and long delays in infrastructure projects spurred violent street protests across Brazil over the past year, although they have died down in recent weeks and the tournament has gone more smoothly than many fans and government officials expected."
"Work on the network of bus corridors, financed with more than 1 billion reais ($450 million) in federal funds, began in 2010 and was supposed to finish in May," further reports Reuters. "Downtown portions of the BRT network are running during the World Cup, but long stretches are still under construction."
This is not the first fatality in connection with construction and the games that are being hosted in Brazil.
SEE A GALLERY OF PHOTOS FROM THE COLLAPSE HERE.