Collapse of Brazil Overpass Places Question on Safety of World Cup Tourists

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By Vittorio Hernandez | July 4, 2014 1:34 PM EST

A worker inspects a bus which was trapped underneath a bridge that collapsed while under construction in Belo Horizonte, July 3, 2014. The unfinished overpass collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte on Thursday, killing at least one person and casting a shadow over a tournament that has suffered repeated construction accidents and delays. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP DISASTER TRANSPORT)
A worker inspects a bus which was trapped underneath a bridge that collapsed while under construction in Belo Horizonte, July 3, 2014. The unfinished overpass collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte on Thursday, killing at least one person and casting a shadow over a tournament that has suffered repeated construction accidents and delays. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP DISASTER TRANSPORT)

A partly built overpass in Belo Horizonte in Brazil collapsed on a public bus, killing at least two persons and injuring 19 people on Thursday.

The accident highlights the risks that World Cup tourists are facing because some of the infrastructure that were constructed mainly for the international soccer tournament were rushed and incomplete in some parts such as roads that lead to nowhere and unfinished railway stations.

In fact, accidents have been recorded prior to the June 12 opening of the FIFA World Cup 2014.

Belo Horizonte is a World Cup venue since the Atletico Mineiro Stadium is located in the city just 3 kilometres away from the accident site. A semi-final game is slated in Mineirao on Tuesday.

The cause of the collapse is still unclear. The collapsed overpass is part of a network of bus lanes that Brazil targeted for use in the World Cup, but it was not completed on time. Brazil spent $11 billion to meet the infrastructure requirements of hosting the World Cup games, but the South American nation failed in so many ways.

The Brazlilian team is slated to battle Colombia on Friday afternoon in Fortaleza. The Colombian team is the favourite of many spectators to win in their match against the host team because of their free-flowing style and carefree attitude, no doubt mesmerized by 22-year-old attacking midfielder James Rodriguez who has scored five goals so far.

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A worker inspects a bus which was trapped underneath a bridge that collapsed while under construction in Belo Horizonte, July 3, 2014. The unfinished overpass collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte on Thursday, killing at least one person and casting a shadow over a tournament that has suffered repeated construction accidents and delays. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP DISASTER TRANSPORT)
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