Bridge collapse kills 10 in Colombia

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Bogota, Jan 16: At least 10 construction workers died and several were injured after a partially-constructed bridge in central Colombia collapsed on Monday.

The laborers were working on the bridge’s drainage system when the incident occurred. The victims fell 280 meters (920 feet) into a ravine in Chirajara about 95 kilometers (60 miles) from the Colombian capital of Bogota.

Jorge Diaz, director of Civil Defense for the department of Meta, said the victims were construction workers who fell from a height of approximately 280 meters. Some 20 workers were on the bridge at the time of the accident.

“Ten people are dead. Nine died at the site of the accident and one was taken to a hospital, where he died,” Diaz told local media.

Video footage posted to the Caracol News website showed what appeared to be half of the bridge still standing, while the other half had plummeted into the gully below.

The bridge was just 20 meters away from completion, a Caracol News anchor said.

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