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5 dead, 8 injured after expressway bridge collapses in China
                 English.news.cn | 2013-02-01 16:03:38 | Editor: Lu Hui

5 dead, 8 injured after expressway bridge collapses in China

ZHENGZHOU, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- Five people have died and eight others were injured after an expressway bridge partially collapsed due to a truck explosion Friday morning in central China's Henan Province, local government said.

The explosion occurred around 8:52 a.m., causing several vehicles to tumble from the 30-meter-high bridge in Mianchi County of Sanmenxia City, a publicity official of Sanmenxia told Xinhua on Friday afternoon.

An 80-meter-long section of the bridge collapsed. The exploded truck was loaded with fireworks, according to an initial investigation.

Six vehicles have been retrieved from the debris.

Search and rescue efforts are under way. Traffic control was imposed on the expressway.

The expressway links Lianyungang City of east China's Jiangsu Province and Horgos, a border port in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the country's far west.

连霍义昌大桥炸坍事故至少坠落25辆车 5人死亡

新华社郑州2月1日电(记者李丽静)记者15时从在现场参加救援的河南消防部门获悉,当天上午炸坍的连霍高速河南义昌大桥,至少造成25辆汽车坠桥,5人死亡。

  这次事故发生在当天上午8时52分,位置在连霍高速公路K741+900公里处。疑为运输烟花爆竹车辆发生爆炸,造成连霍高速义昌大桥南半幅桥面坍塌,北半幅桥板松动,连霍高速双向断行。

  据现场参加救援的消防官兵介绍,目前,至少有25辆汽车坠桥,无化学危险品运输车辆。截至15时,他们已经清理出6辆汽车,15名有生命体征的伤员。无生命体征的人员数字暂未统计。

  另外,在现场参加救援的三门峡市委宣传部副部长任战洲告诉记者,事故至少已经造成5人死亡。 

 

(Note: The above is the same story reported in English and Chinese respectively, and is not literal translation.)

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