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Transmission tower falls in Brazil’s Amazon, killing 6

July 17, 2021 GMT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A transmission tower collapsed on Friday in the Brazilian Amazon, killing at least six people and injuring another 13.

The tower fell between between Pacajá, a city of 48,000 residents in Pará state, and Anapu. The two cities lie about 385 miles (620 kilometers) southwest of Pará’s capital of Belém.

Pacajá’s city hall said in a statement the incident is linked to a company named SK. It did not say whether the company was Brazilian or foreign.

Pará Gov. Helder Barbalho said on Twitter the accident took place during construction work on an energy line. Local police are involved in the rescue efforts.

Footage broadcast by TV Globo shows a transmission tower split into several pieces on the ground.