Deaths on collapsed Rio de Janeiro bike path deal safety blow to Olympic host
Jonathan Watts in Rio de Janeiro and agencies
Thursday 21 April 2016 18.27 BST
At least two are dead after a new seaside bike path was hit by a wave and collapsed, damaging the city’s credibility ahead of the summer Games
A newly built elevated bike path has collapsed into the sea in Rio de Janeiro, killing at least two people and dealing another blow to the city’s credibility as an Olympic host.
A huge wave swept away a 50-metre stretch of the Tim Maia ciclovia, which opened four months ago at a cost of 44.7m reais ($12.6m) – and had been heralded as a major legacy project from the 2016 Games.
Local media said at least five people were on the path when it crashed down into the sea. One person was rescued and the bodies of two men were recovered from the sea.
Pedro Paulo Carvalho, the municipal secretary, said a third person thought to have been on the bridge when the wave struck was still missing.
Carvalho warned it was too early to say what had caused the accident, but said an investigation had been launched.