Fatalities as bridge collapses in World Cup host city, crushes several vehicles

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At least two folks have been killed and 19 folks injured as an overpass collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host metropolis of Belo Horizonte, in response to the Minas Regais state well being division.

A metropolis bus and several vehicles have been crushed after part of a bridge, which was underneath building, fell onto a busy freeway. A hearth division station believed one individual remained trapped in a car underneath the rubble.

O’Globo’s footage confirmed a yellow commuter bus crushed underneath a part of the bridge. G1 stated one other two vans and a car have been additionally smashed.

The injured have been taken to Odilon Behrens and Risoleta Neves hospitals. Two ambulances and eight fireplace vans arrived to carry out rescue operations, Military Police knowledgeable native press. A helicopter from the Fire Department additionally assisted in the rescue. Authorities believed an extra fatality was potential.

In an interview with Globo News, Lieutenant Colonel Edgard Estevo from the Fire Department stated the rescuers have been having issue accessing the automobile underneath the rubble.

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“We need to stabilize the area to access the site safely and to study the situation at the bottom [of the rubble]” Estevo stated, referring to the chance that the remainder of the construction would possibly crumble.

The accident occurred in the north of town the place the Argentinian nationwide crew’s camp is located.

“We were traveling normally and then there was a terrible noise,” Renata Soares, who stated she was on the bus in the mean time of the accident, instructed GloboNews TV. “I am sure that more people in other cars were underneath the debris.”

The overpass was one of many many infrastructure tasks constructed to enhance Belo Horizonte’s public transport community. It was alleged to change into one of many hyperlinks connecting town middle with the airport, however had not been completed in time for the World Cup and was nonetheless underneath building.

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