Boat crashes into floating bridge in Hanoi

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A 500-ton sand freight boat crashed into a pontoon bridge in Hanoi Thursday morning, pushing it for 15 meters and trapping dozens of vehicles in the river, the VnExpress website reported.


Nguyen Van Dung, deputy chief of staff of Brigade No.249 under the Ministry of National Defense, told the news website the incident happened at 7 a.m. when the boat from the northern province of Phu Tho was travelling on the Duong River.


As the river was flowing swiftly, the driver lost control, letting the ship drift. It hit the Duong floating bridge connecting Long Bien and Gia Lam districts, Dung said.


The bridge was pushed for about 15 meters before stopping, causing a traffic jam.


The brigade had to cut the boat to free the bridge.


The 250-meter-long floating bridge was put into operation on June 10 this year as a temporary replacement for the degraded Duong Bridge which is currently under repair, VnExpress said.


The accident is being investigated, it reported.

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