8 dead, 30 injured as suspension bridge collapses in Vietnam

By Mai Ha, TN News

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The Chu Va 6 Bridge collapsed on Monday, killing eight and injuring more than 30 others in Lai Chau Province

At least eight people died and more than 30 others were injured when a suspension bridge collapsed over a dry stream in the northwestern province of Lai Chau Monday.

The accident happened at around 8:30 a.m. as a group of local residents walked across the Chu Va 6 Bridge to bring the coffin of a local official to a graveyard in Chu Va Village, Son Binh Commune.

The group had walked 15 meters on the bridge when it suddenly collapsed.

They reportedly fell 9 meters into a ravine full of large, sharp rocks. Eight people died on the spot.

More than 30 people were injured. They were rushed to the hospital by nearby residents.

The 54-meter-long Chu Va 6 Bridge opened to traffic more than one year ago.

The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

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