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Final death toll of collapsed Brazil overpass is 2

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 4, 2014 at 9:47 am •  Published: July 4, 2014
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The overpass collapsed about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Mineirao stadium, which is the site of a semifinal match Tuesday.

The collapse has been an embarrassment for the country, which has been basking in praise for what has mostly been a smoothly running soccer tournament.

Talk radio shows were abuzz Friday with indignation over the collapse.

Callers and hosts pointed to the incident as an example of what has infuriated Brazilians in the run-up to the Cup: infrastructure projects running far behind schedule, well over budget and often allegedly poorly done.

When Brazil was awarded the World Cup in 2007, politicians promised $8 billion would be spent on 56 airports, subway lines and other such projects nationwide. But fewer than 10 of the infrastructure projects were completed in time for the tournament. Among those delayed was the overpass collapsed in Belo Horizonte.