French-built railway bridge near HCMC collapses after barge collision

By Xuan Duc - Hoang Tuan - Le Lam - Vu Phuong, Thanh Nien News

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The Ghenh bridge in Dong Nai Province collapsed at noon on March 20, 2016 after being hit by a barge. Photo: Xuan Duc The Ghenh bridge in Dong Nai Province collapsed at noon on March 20, 2016 after being hit by a barge. Photo: Xuan Duc

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Rescuers are searching for possible missing people after a railway bridge in Dong Nai Province collapsed on Sunday in a collision with a barge.
The accident happened at around 11:45 a.m. when a barge from upstream the Dong Nai River hit a pole and collapsed a large span of the Ghenh bridge which is also used by motorbikes.
“Several people were driving on the bridge when it collapsed. It was a terrible scene,” a witness said.
Two men were rescued by fishing boats at the site while a woman who fell into shallow water, managed to get ashore.
Many speedboats have immediately been mobilized to the site to search for possible missing people.
The barge was turned over in the accident and the police was yet to identify if there are still people inside.
Paralyzed railway
The bridge collapse has impacted on the traffic of the north-south railway that connects Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
Do Quang Van, branch director of Saigon Railway Transport Company, said that all trains from Ho Chi Minh City’s Saigon Station were delayed indefinitely.
All trains from Hanoi will stop at Dong Nai’s Bien Hoa Station and passengers will be taken to HCMC by buses, he said.
Meanwhile, passengers from Saigon Railway Station will be taken by bus to Dong Nai for their northward journey.
Deputy transport minister Nguyen Ngoc Dong has arrived at the site to inspect the case.
The 223-meter Ghenh Bridge across the Dong Nai River was built by the French in 1902. It has a railway for trains in the middle with narrow lanes on both sides for motorbikes.
 
A Google Map images shows the Ghenh Bridge over the Dong Nai River in southern Vietnam

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