Chu Va 6 Bridge collapsed on Monday, killing nine and injuring 41 others in Lai Chau Province
One more victim of a fatal bridge collapse in the mountain northwestern province of Lai Chau died Tuesday, bringing the fatalities of the case to nine.
Other 41 people were injured, some of them seriously.
The accident happened at around 8:30 a.m. Monday 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 8 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. Three people died on the spot. Five other died after being rushed to hospital.
On Tuesday, a group of 25 doctors from two hospitals in Hanoi with medicines and other equipment were sent to Lai Chau on three helicopters to assist local doctors in the treatment of the injured victims.
Following the accident, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked authorities to check the safety of all suspension bridges around the country, especially in mountainous areas.
The 54-meter-long Chu Va 6 Bridge linking Chu Va 6 and Chu Va 8 Villages opened to traffic in December 2012.
The bridge is capable of loading 1.5 tons in maximum.
Investigations into the cause of the accident are ongoing.
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