Five Killed in Bridge Collapse in NW China

China Daily reports:

At least five workers were killed and seven were injured when a stone bridge under construction collapsed Monday in northwest China’s Province, a local official said Wednesday.

The Zhangjiahe Village Bridge, in Qingjian County of Yulin City, collapsed at about 11:30 am Monday, said Yang Huaizhi, vice county head.

Construction of the arched bridge, which is 29.5 meters long, 6 meters wide and 12 meters high, began on June 5 and is expected to be completed on September 5, with an investment of 300,000 yuan (US$43,914) from the county government.

An initial investigation blamed the accident on the project contractor firm, which changed the original construction plan without the approval of authorities, said Yang.

August 28, 2009 9:57 AM
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