Unfinished Overpass In Brazil Collapses

SAO PAULO (AP) -
A truck is trapped underneath a collapsed bridge in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Thursday.  (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
A truck is trapped underneath a collapsed bridge in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Thursday. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

An overpass under construction collapsed Thursday in Sao Paulo, killing at least two people and trapping a commuter bus, two construction trucks and a car, Brazilian authorities said. Nineteen people were reported injured.

The incident took place on a main avenue, the expansion of which is one of the infrastructure improvement projects planned for a major worldwide sports event, but, like most urban transportation projects related to the tournament, was not finished on time for the event.

There was no word of any tourists being among the casualties.

A woman who was driving a commuter bus trapped by the overpass died, said Capt. Federico Pascual of the Belo Horizonte fire department. An official in the mayor’s office said a second person died, raising the death toll to two.

The official said 19 people were known to be injured so far. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to talk to the media about the incident.