At Least Ten Injured in Taiwan Bridge Collapse

At Least Ten Injured in Taiwan Bridge Collapse

A bridge has collapsed into a harbour in northeastern Taiwan, sending an oil tanker falling onto three fishing boats below and leaving some crew feared trapped, authorities said.

(Taiwan's Military News Agency via AP) Rescuers work near the site of a collapsed bridge in Nanfangao, eastern Taiwan on October 1, 2019. Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung told reporters that five people were feared to have been on the bridge when it collapsed.

Dramatic CCTV images captured the moment the 140-metre long single-arch bridge came crashing down in Nanfangao, on Taiwan's eastern coast.

At least nine people fell in the water and seven were rescued, Taiwan's Central News Agency said.

Six people are believed to be trapped on one of the fishing boats, according to the National Fire Agency.

Though the weather was sunny and clear when the bridge collapsed, the area had been hit by Typhoon Mitag just hours earlier, The New York Times reports.

Local authorities gave no official information about the number of victims. Six of those people reportedly suffered serious injuries.

At least 12 people were injured, the Yilan County Fire Bureau said, with rescue operations continuing in the evening. That crash resulted in the truck catching fire.

According to rescuers, the nine injured foreign fishermen include six Filipinos and three Indonesians.

As the outlet notes, fisherman from other countries typically work on boats registered in Taiwan because pay is better than in their home countries.

An oil tanker's front wheels had nearly reached safety when Taiwan's Nanfang'ao Bridge toppled into the waterway, and the scary moment was caught on several CCTV cameras.

Taiwan was skirted by a typhoon on Monday night which brought heavy rains and strong winds to parts of the east coast. When it was built, the bridge was created to replace a lower bridge which was so lower, fishing boats could not safely pass under it.

It is not clear what caused the bridge, which was built in 1998 and spanned a small fishing port, to collapse.

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