February 6, 2018 / 2:44 PM / 10 months ago

Roadway overpass collapses in Brazilian capital: TV

A view of a section of a busy roadway overpass collapsed in Brasilia, Brazil February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A section of a busy roadway overpass collapsed on Tuesday in the center of Brazil’s capital, plunging slabs of concrete on top of parked cars and an outdoor restaurant, images on GloboNews television showed.

Firemen were on the scene in Brasilia but there were no immediate reports of people being killed, wounded or trapped.

“The fire brigade’s initial information is that there are no casualties,” Rodrigo Rollemberg, governor of the Federal District where Brasilia is located, told reporters.

The overpass is part of the main freeway that cuts through the center of the modernistic Brazilian capital, which was built in the late 1950s and inaugurated in 1960.

The planned city, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, is beginning to show its age. On Sunday, a section of an apartment building collapse on a garage, destroying two dozen cars, but no one was hurt.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Alistair Bell and Frances Kerry

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