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Authorities probe bridge collapse

Update: May, 30/2015 - 09:16
The Vinh Binh Bridge officially opened to traffic on May 13, replacing an old ferry that used to transport the residents across Canal 28 in Vinh Hung District's Vinh Binh Commune. — Photo vnexpress
LONG AN  (VNS) — An "urgent" investigation has been launched into the collapse of a bridge costing more than VND2.5 billion (US$116,000) just two weeks after it opened, authorities in Long An Province have said.

The Vinh Binh Bridge officially opened to traffic on May 13, replacing an old ferry that used to transport the residents across Canal 28 in Vinh Hung District's Vinh Binh Commune.

However, last Tuesday, cracks appeared in one approach section of the bridge and began to spread fast.

Just after barricades were set up the next day by the Vinh Binh People's Committee to stop residents and vehicles from crossing the bridge while it was repaired, it collapsed into the river, leaving just half of it standing.

Fortunately, there were no casualties because of the early warnings issued.

Nguyen Van Chinh, Deputy Director of the Long An Department of Transport, said on site examination suggests the bridge's approach section had slid out of its original position. — VNS


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