The collapse of a new suspension bridge injured two people in Dak Ang Commune in Tay Nguyen (Central High-land) Kon Tum Province on Thursday.
Residents in Dak Ang Commune in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum have to use a pulley system again to cross the river after a new suspension bridge collapsed. — VNS Photo Kim Son
KON TUM —
The collapse occurred as seven people on motorbikes were carrying rice from fields to their houses.
All seven people fell into the Po Ko River. One person wounded a thigh in the incident. The other received a chest wound as the result of striking a jagged object lying on the river bottom. Both were treated at Ngoc Hoi General Hospital.
The bridge connecting two communes of Dak Ang and Dak Nong was opened in July.
Before that, local residents used a pulley system to cross the river for nearly a year after a severe flood swept away the old bridge in 2009.
The new bridge cost over VND120 million (US$6,000), with the money coming from a donor and local residents carrying out the construction work.
According to chairman of the district's Peole's Committee Nguyen Thanh Ha, the accident happened because the pedestrian bridge was being used by motorbikes.
Some residents said the accident was due to technical errors in building. — VNS