Two useless after bridge collapses into river in France

TOULOUSE, France: A 15-year-old woman and a truck driver died when a bridge collapsed right into a river in southwestern France on Monday, officers stated.

The 150-metre-long suspension bridge in Mirepoix-sur-Tarn, close to Toulouse, collapsed at round eight am native time as a truck, a automotive and presumably a van had been crossing, the native prosecutor stated. The bridge was restricted to 19-tonne autos.

Tv photographs confirmed one automotive nose-down within the water, with solely its taillights and bumper above the floor. The mom of the deceased teenager was amongst three individuals rescued from the water, the prosecutor added.

Hours after {the teenager} was declared useless, Eric Oget, mayor of Mirepoix-sur-Tarn, stated on French TV station BFM TV the truck driver had additionally died.

The native prefect Etienne Guyot stated earlier the complete variety of casualties was not but recognized.

The bridge was inspected each six years and had proven no signal of structural weak point at its final inspection in 2017, the Haute-Garonne regional council instructed Reuters.

A felony investigation into the causes of the accident has been opened.

Senators final yr referred to as for extra money to examine and restore bridges throughout France after the collapse of a motorway viaduct in Genoa, Italy, killed 43 individuals.

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