At least seven dead as bus falls from Rio bridge

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - At least seven people were killed on Tuesday when a bus plunged off a bridge overlooking one of Rio's main access roads, firefighters said.

"Rescue teams are on the scene. So far seven deaths have been confirmed but we have no word on the number of injured," a spokesman said.

Some 50 firefighters were taking part in rescue operations on Rio's Avenida Brasil, Globo television quoted civil protection secretary Colonel Sergio Simoes as saying.