Unfinished Overpass in World Cup Host City Collapses Onto Highway Killing Two in Brazil

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
July 4 2014 9:49 AM

Unfinished Overpass in World Cup Host City Collapses Onto Highway Killing Two in Brazil


An unfinished overpass in Brazil collapsed on Thursday falling onto traffic on a busy highway, crushing several vehicles, killing two people, and injuring some 20 more. The accident occurred in the World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte, which is scheduled to host one of the tournament semifinal matches next week. The deadly collapse comes as an “embarrassment for a country that has been basking in praise for what has mostly been a smoothly running soccer tournament,” the Associated Press writes. “In the run-up to the event, there were serious concerns about the ability of Brazil's airports and roads to handle the influx of tourists because of delays or outright cancelations of projects to improve urban transportation.”

“Brazil's preparations for the World Cup have been marred by accidents and missed deadlines,” the BBC reports. “At least seven people were killed working on stadiums prior to the start of the tournament.” It is still not known what caused the overpass to collapse and authorities denied allegations that corners were cut in its construction, according to the BBC. The construction firm in charge of the project said it “deeply regrets what happened” and it was adding structural support to another overpass.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.



Scalia’s Liberal Streak

The conservative justice’s most brilliant—and surprisingly progressive—moments on the bench.

Colorado Is Ground Zero for the Fight Over Female Voters

There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?

The NFL Explains How It Sees “the Role of the Female”

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B


Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey

No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.


The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Cliff Huxtable Explains the World: Five Lessons From TV’s Greatest Dad

Why Television Needs a New Cosby Show Right Now

  News & Politics
Sept. 18 2014 8:20 PM A Clever Attempt at Explaining Away a Vote Against the Farm Bill
Sept. 18 2014 6:02 PM A Chinese Company Just Announced the Biggest IPO in U.S. History
The Slate Quiz
Sept. 18 2014 11:44 PM Play the Slate News Quiz With Jeopardy! superchampion Ken Jennings.
  Double X
Sept. 18 2014 8:07 PM Crying Rape False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 18 2014 1:23 PM “It’s Not Every Day That You Can Beat the World Champion” An exclusive interview with chess grandmaster Fabiano Caruana.
Brow Beat
Sept. 18 2014 4:33 PM The Top 5 Dadsplaining Moments From The Cosby Show
Future Tense
Sept. 18 2014 6:48 PM By 2100 the World's Population Could Be 11 Billion
  Health & Science
Sept. 18 2014 3:35 PM Do People Still Die of Rabies? And how do you know if an animal is rabid?
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.