Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Collapsed bridge kills 52 in Viet Nam

A bridge under construction in southern Viet Nam collapsed Wednesday, killing at least 52 workers and injuring 97, The Associated Press reported today.

The four lane bridge was being built across the Hau River in the city of Can Tho, along a heavily used route between the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City. The bridge was not yet open for traffic.

At least 200 people were working on the bridge when it collapsed, and the exact number of people missing is unknown. “I expect the death toll to rise, as there [are] still victims under the concrete,” Dang Van Tam, director of Central Can Tho General Hospital said.

Construction on the bridge, which at 1.7 miles would be the largest suspension bridge in Viet Nam, began in 2004, and was expected to be finished by next year. Officials are still investigating the cause of the accident.

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