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Homicide charges sought against 19 following World Cup bridge collapse

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil's investigative police say they're seeking homicide charges against 19 people in the deaths of a man and a woman caused by the collapse of unfinished overpass in the World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte.

Police investigator Hugo e Silva said he sent the results of his probe to prosecutors on Wednesday.

Silva said those named in his probe demonstrated a "disregard for basic norms of safety" by failing to correct problems in the structure, even after being repeatedly warned by specialists.

Two people were killed in this bridge collapse that took place during the 2014 World Cup.

Those implicated include government officials and architects, as well as engineers for two construction companies,

Another 23 people were injured in the July 3 collapse. A bus, two construction trucks and a car were crushed beneath tons of concrete and steel on a major thoroughfare.

Among the dead was a woman who was driving a commuter bus trapped by the overpass, said Capt. Federico Pascual of the Belo Horizonte fire department at the time of the accident.

The overpass collapsed about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Mineirao stadium, which had hosted several World Cup matches including one semifinal.

Security camera footage showed heavy traffic on the street below the structure the moment that the overpass collapsed, striking vehicles below and trapping them underneath.

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