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Contractor's regret over Brazilian flyover collapse

A contractor working on the flyover that collapsed in the World Cup city of Belo Horizonte last night has expressed its deep regret over the incident.

Cowan, which has offices in the Brazilian city as well as in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, said it had sent technical staff to begin investigations into the disaster.

Reports said that two people had died after the bridge collapsed onto the highway below. Images showed a bus and a car had been badly damaged.

The contractor said in a statement translated from its website: “Cowan deeply regrets the incident and is making efforts to offer the necessary support to the victims and their families. 

“Teams have been directed to the site for removal of the structure, including the provision of lighting and other necessary support for carrying out the works, which should extend for the next days.

“The technical staff is already in place to initiate the investigations and define the causes of the accident.”

Belo Horizonte is due to host a World Cup semi-final next week.

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