120-ton girder crashed at Vietnam construction site, no casualties

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A steel girder that crashed from a crane is being moved away from an overpass construction site in Hanoi Saturday morning. Photo courtesy of Tuoi Tre

A 60-meter steel girder weighing 120 tons crashed to the ground at an overpass construction site in Hanoi early Saturday when a crane lifting it broke, injuring several workers.

Some residents in Ba Dinh District said they woke up startled and ran to look after hearing a thunderous crash at around 3:30 a.m.

Two cranes were putting the girder in place for the overpass between Nguyen Chi Thanh and Lieu Giai Street when one of them broke.

The crash damaged both cranes and some traffic lights on Lieu Giai.

Construction was halted and the girder removed.

Authorities are investigating the accident.

The 278-meter structure, the largest steel overpass in the capital, is being built by a joint stock company belonging to Thang Long Construction Corporation at a cost of around VND360.5 billion (US$17.08 million).

Work began last February and is expected to finish in October 2014.

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