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Wednesday 24th April 2024,
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Overpass collapse kills 2 and 22 injured

The under construction overpass collapsed on Thursday in Belo Horizonte, the World Cup host city. The incident killed 2 people as well as trapping a passenger bus, 2 construction vehicles, and also a car.

At least 22 people were reported injured. There was not any word on whether foreign tourists were among those killed or injured.

Brazilian officials didn’t think the casualty numbers would rise too sharply — though they said they had not yet reached a small passenger car that was flattened by the falling overpass. It was not known if anyone inside the car escaped or remained inside.

It was not known what caused the overpass to fall. Cowan, the construction company responsible for building it, said investigators were on site but had not released any conclusions.

The overpass collapsed about 3 miles from Mineirao Stadium, which has hosted several World Cup matches in recent weeks and is the site of a semifinal match Tuesday.

Security camera footage showed heavy traffic on the street below the structure the moment that the overpass collapsed, striking vehicles below and trapping them underneath.

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