Overpass collapse at World Cup host city leaves at least one dead

(CNN) -- At least one person was killed when an overpass bridge under construction collapsed in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, one of the host cities for the ongoing World Cup, firefighters said Thursday on Twitter.

Two buses were also damaged in the collapse, said CNN affiliate TV Record, which cited firefighters.

Images that circulated on social media showed a bus trapped by the collapsed concrete structure. Another photo showed at least one car was crushed.

No further details were immediately available.

Belo Horizonte will host Tuesday's semifinal match between the winner of the France-Germany match and the winner of the Brazil-Colombia game.

The city has so far hosted five World Cup games since June 14, when Colombia beat Greece 3-0. Tuesday's game will be the last to be hosted by the city in this year's World Cup.

The U.S. team did not compete there this year.

Most recently, Brazil and Chile played to a 1-1 tie in Belo Horizonte on Saturday.

The World Cup matches in Belo Horizonte are played in the 58,170-seat Estadio Mineirao, one of the most historic venues in Brazilian soccer.

The venue was overhauled for the games: The pitch surface was lowered, accessibility improved, and a system installed to capture and store rainwater for reuse. The facility's official name is Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto, but it's commonly known as the Mineirao. The stadium is home to Atletico Mineiro and Cruzeiro, both former national champions in Brazil.


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