Sunday night Belo Horizante played host to the final of this year’s World Cup, but last week things weren’t quite as cheerful. 2 miles from the Mineirao Stadium an unfinished overpass collapses as vehicles were passing on the busy road underneath.
A commuter bus was crushed when the concrete and steel bridge plummeted, killing the driver on impact. Another body was recovered from a car trapped underneath the rubble after a 15 hour-operation by emergency services.
It has been reported that twenty-two other people were also injured during the incident. This wasn’t the only project to have ended badly, it was reported that 8 workers died building stadiums in the 12 cities that have hosted the games in Brazil.
The unfinished flyover was part of the world cup’s infrastructure plan aimed at improving the public transport in Belo Horizante.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said via twitter that it was “with sadness” that she found out about the accident herself and that she offered her “solidarity to the victims’ families”.
Officials from Brazil have said that a forensic team would start working immediately to try and identify the causes of the accident.
Whilst the construction firm responsible for building the flyover said it “deeply regrets what happens” but “at the moment, the priority is to support victims and their families”.
Making a claim for injury caused on the road with Accident Advice Helpline
Not all accidents caused by poor construction on the road are quite as dramatic as these; but if you have suffered any injury due to conditions of the road you could be entitled to compensation.
Whether you’re a pedestrian looking at a personal injury claim or a driver involved in a road traffic accident give Accident Advice Helpline a call and they can guide you through the process of making a claim. How much compensation you receive will depend on a number of factors including the type and severity of the injury.