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27 November 2011 :: 10:11:12 am 60289

At least 3 dead and scores injured as Indonesia’s ‘Golden Gate Bridge’ collapses

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A busy bridge collapsed Saturday in central Indonesia, killing at least three people and injuring many more as a bus, cars and motorcycles crashed into the river below, police and witnesses said.
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Capt. Syafii Nafsikin said search and rescue teams rushed to the scene.

The death toll could climb, he said, adding that many people were believed to be injured.

The bridge linking the towns of Tenggarong and Samarinda in East Kalimantan province was clogged with traffic when the accident occurred, Syaiful, a witness, told local TV station TVOne.

 

‘Screaming’

He said he saw at least one bus and a dozen motorcycles plunge into the Mahakam river and survivors swimming to the shore in panic. Several cars were mangled.

“Everyone was screaming,” said Syaiful, who like many Indonesians uses only one name.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the 10-year-old bridge collapsed.

The Indonesia Today website reported about 100 people were taken to hospital.

It carried a photograph that showed how a section of the large suspension bridge had fallen into the water.

The website said that the 0.6-mile bridge was known locally as “Kalimantan’s Golden Gate Bridge.”

Indonesia Today reported the bridge was built between 1995 and 2001 by state-owned construction firm PT Hutama Karya.

Report by : msnbc

Category : World News

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