Vietnam Bridge Collapse Kills 60

Dozens more injured in southern city of Can Tho
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2007 12:05 PM CDT
Rescue workers search for survivors of a collapsed bridge in southern Vinh Long province, Vietnam Wednesday, Sept, 26, 2007. The bridge under construction collapsed Wednesday, killing at least 18 workers...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – As many as 60 workers were killed today when a bridge under construction in the southern Vietnamese city of Can Tho collapsed, Reuters reports. Chinese and Japanese contractors were working on the bridge over the Hau river; Vietnamese TV reported that rain might have softened the bridge's foundations, though no official explanation has been given.

At least 150 people are being treated for injury; 17 were in critical condition with head wounds, one official said. Medical help was being sent from Ho Chi Minh City, 105 miles away. The Japanese-funded bridge over the heavily trafficked Hau, a tributary of the Mekong river, was part of a major Vietnamese infrastructure upgrade.