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Colombia Bridge Collapse Kills 10

Colombia Bridge Collapse Kills 10

The 446-meter-long bridge was set to be opened in March as part of a major highway linked to the capital Bogota.

The collapse of a bridge in a fix in central Colombia took at least 10 lives. The victims fell 280 meters (920 feet) into a ravine in Chirajara about 95 kilometers (60 miles) from the Colombian capital of Bogota.

Nine people were killed at the scene and the 10th died after being taken to a nearby hospital with severe injuries. Several laborers were injured and eleven are reportedly missing.

Local media reports say 5 others have been injured in the collapse on Monday.

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The actual distance between Bogota and Villavicencio is around 72 kilometers (45 miles), but given the hard terrain, the highway is significantly longer and consists of multiple tunnels and 46 separate bridges.

Construction officials said that fortunately not many workers were on the bridge at the time of the collapse as staff were receiving a safety briefing.

The National Agency of Infrastructure (ANI) and Coviandes confirmed in a statement that an Emergency Security Plan has been activated and that tending to the injured is the immediate priority.

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