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New Bridge Collapses in Colombia

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Ten construction workers have died, with an additional three reported injured, in the collapse of a 1,500-foot-long suspension bridge under construction in Colombia, according to reports.

A total of 16 people were working onsite at the time of the incident, noted Finance Colombia. At the scene, nine workers died, another was hopsitalized who later passed, three others were injured and a team is searching for those missing.

The bridge was 65 feet away from being completed.

Bridge Collapse

The Chirajara bridge, which lies along the route between the cities of Bogotá and Villavicencio, was under construction and not in operation at the time.

The span collapsed around noon on Monday (Jan. 15), causing workers to plummet over 900 feet. Nine workers died at the site of the accident; another succumbed to injuries after being taken to the hospital.

"The victims are construction workers who were working on the project's drainage," the Colombian Civil Defense said in a statement.

The National Agency of Infrastructure (ANI) confirmed that an Emergency Security Plan was underway, and that tending to the injured was the immediate priority. A search-and-rescue mission is underway to locate those missing.

Bridge Construction

Both the bridge project and route overhaul are part of the country’s “4G” infrastructure program, reported Finance Colombia. The work has been attracting private/public partnership investments.

The bridge was slated for completion in March of this year, and is part of an overarching endeavor that includes five tunnels, eight bridges and a 540 billion peso ($180 million) investment.

“For now, travelers will find themselves restricted during road travel, especially at the tollbooth at Naranjal and in the area of Buenavista, in order to facilitate the movement of relief agencies,” ANI said in a statement.

"All my solidarity with relatives of the victims," President Santos said.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Bridges; Construction; Health and safety; Infrastructure

Comment from Djurdjica kuntich, (1/17/2018, 11:42 AM)

Hi I understood thet the bridge wasunder maintenence. Yesterdey I received more related photos and wnen magnified, you can clearly see big corrosion problems, at sight.

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