Dong Thap urgently ensures traveling after bridge collapses

People’s Committee in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap yesterday directed relevant agencies to urgently mend Tan Nghia Bridge to ensure traveling.

 Deputy Chairman of People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Hung arrives at the scene to direct construction repair (Photo: SGGP)

Deputy Chairman of People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Hung arrives at the scene to direct construction repair (Photo: SGGP)

Right after the collapse of the 12-year-old toll bridge, Deputy Chairman of People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Hung arrived at the scene to direct construction repair.
Though no one was hurt in the collapse, the bridge had its middle span broken. This part of the bridge, as well as the truck, fell onto a boat that was cruising under the structure at the moment.
The local authority has placed a warning post and a direction post in the spot and light up the night for the safety of residents. Additionally, a boat is carrying people gratis across the river.
The Department of Transport in Dong Thap publicized the incident in media as well as mobilize rescue workers for the retrieval of the car. Police officers were asked to check the incident to verify responsibility of those involved in it.
The Ministry of Transport has requested local authority to urgently repair the incident and verify the cause.
As Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper released, Tan Nghia Bridge with the length of 150 meter, situated in the Tan Nghia- Gao Giong in Tan Nghia Commune in Cao Lanh District, collapsed  at 1:30 PM. The cause was that Tan Nghia Bridge is designed to sustain a maximum weight of eight metric tons, however at the time of the incident a truck carrying a large quantity of commodities weighing as much as 17 tons and a motor cart were traveling on the structure.
The truck, the motor cart and two drivers fell on the river. Moreover, the collapsed bridge fell on a boat cruising under the bridge. Fortunately, no death toll was reported, but motor cart driver was taken to local hospital for injuries.

By staff writers - Translated by DAN THUY

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