04 July 2014 | News Comments

Two dead after overpass collapses in Brazil

An overpass has collapsed in Belo Horizonte in Brazil, about 4km from the venue of one of next week’s World Cup semi-finals, reportedly killing two people.

The overpass, which was under construction, collapsed onto another road trapping vehicles including a bus, which was said to be empty apart from the female driver - who was one of those who died.

The incident happened about 4km from the Estadio Mineirao which is hosting the first semi-final of the World Cup next week.

Belo Horizonte is due to host a semi-final match on Tuesday between the winners of the Brazil-Colombia and France-Germany games.

Brazilian media quoted a Fire Department spokesman that one person has been confirmed to have died and 19 taken to hospital with injuries, with City government officials saying another casualty has also died.

"It was like an earthquake. The ground shook violently," Daniel Magalhaes, who was near the site at the time of the accident, told Globo television. "I heard a deafening sound. I looked and saw the collapsed overpass."

City officials have launched an investigation into the causes of the collapse.

The incident was about three miles from the Minas Tennis Club where the British Olympic and Paralympic teams will have their training base ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Brazil president Dilma Rousseff expressed her shock at the collapse on Twitter.

She wrote: "It is with sadness that we learn of the collapse of the viaduct in Belo Horizonte.

"In this moment of pain, we lend our support to the families of the victims.

"The government will help Belo Horizonte and the authorities with whatever it needs."

The collapse of the overpass cast a shadow over Brazil's World Cup quarter-final against Colombia in Fortaleza on Friday.