At least two people were killed and 19 people injured as an overpass collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte, according to the Minas Regais state health department.
A city bus and several vehicles were crushed after a part of a bridge, which was under construction, fell onto a busy highway. A fire department station believed one person remained trapped in a vehicle under the rubble.
O’Globo’s footage showed a yellow commuter bus crushed under part of the bridge. G1 said another two trucks and a vehicle were also smashed.
The injured were taken to Odilon Behrens and Risoleta Neves hospitals. Two ambulances and eight fire trucks arrived to perform rescue operations, Military Police informed local press. A helicopter from the Fire Department also assisted in the rescue. Authorities believed an additional fatality was possible.
In an interview with Globo News, Lieutenant Colonel Edgard Estevo from the Fire Department said the rescuers were having difficulty accessing the car under the rubble.
“We need to stabilize the area to access the site safely and to study the situation at the bottom [of the rubble]” Estevo said, referring to the possibility that the rest of the structure might crumble… see more