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Overpass collapse kills two in Brazil World Cup city

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An unfinished overpass collapsed on vehicles in Brazil's southeastern World Cup city of Belo Horizonte on Thursday, killing at least two people and injuring 19, officials said.

Globo television images showed the front of a yellow bus crushed under a large stretch of the fallen highway, which is about five kilometers (three miles) from the World Cup stadium.

The health agency of the state of Minas Gerais said two people were killed and 19 injured, up from an earlier toll of one dead and 10 hurt.

A firefighters' spokesman said 13 people were rescued from the bus unscathed but the woman driver was killed.

A car was also crushed but it was not immediately known how many people were inside and what their condition was, firefighter spokesman Edgard Estevo da Silva told reporters.

"The vehicle is completely under" the overpass, he said, adding that the cause of the collapse was not immediately known.

Two trucks belonging to the construction company were also hit but the firm said nobody was inside them at the time, Silva said.

Belo Horizonte's nearby Mineirao Stadium has hosted five World Cup matches and is due to stage a semi-final on Tuesday.

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