World Cup 2014: Monorail collapses in Brazil killing one

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World Cup 2014: Monorail collapse in Brazil kills one


Part of a monorail has collapsed in Sao Paulo, Brazil, killing a construction worker just days before the city is set to host the opening game of the World Cup 2014.

The man was thought to have been working on an extension to Sao Paulo's metro network near Congonhas airport when he was hit by a large concrete support beam.

According to Sky News, the 11-mile line connecting the airport to three of the city's metro lines was supposed to have opened in time for the World Cup to alleviate congestion, but has fallen behind schedule.

The first phase will link up the neighbourhood of Congonhas through to Morumbi.

The driverless trains are expected to carry up to 250,000 passengers a day.

According to the Daily Telegraph, in a statement, metro operator Metrô said it "regretted the accident that happened during the work on monorail Line 17."

Sao Paulo will stage the opening match of the World Cup on Thursday with a game between Brazil and Croatia at the Arena Corinthians.

The Mirror reports that eight workers have so far been killed in accidents while building Brazil's 12 World Cup arenas.

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