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Caught on Camera: Taiwan Bridge Collapse

Posted at 7:53 AM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 09:53:17-04

A bridge collapsed into a harbor in northeastern Taiwan on Tuesday, crushing several fishing boats with some crew feared trapped, authorities said.

At least nine people fell in the water and seven were rescued, Taiwan's Central News Agency said. Six people were seriously injured, it reported.

Divers were searching for those feared trapped in a couple of fishing boats, two government officials from the port township of Suao told Reuters.

Authorities have set up an emergency center and the military said marines and the navy were helping with the rescue efforts.

The collapse of the bridge, which carries traffic over the busy fishing port, damaged three fishing boats and two vehicles, including the tanker that was travelling on the bridge when it collapsed, the officials said, though the reason for the collapse in clear weather was not immediately clear.