Borneo bridge collapse kills at least three as vehicles fall
Saturday, November 26, 2011
At least three people died today and seventeen more were injured after a road bridge collapsed on the Indonesian island of Borneo. At least three cars, several motorbikes, and a public bus all fell into the .
The bridge was constructed from concrete roughly a decade ago to resemble California's , and links the towns of and . Police say there is no indication of why it failed. Completed in 2001, work started in 1995 and locals called it "Kalimantan's Golden Gate Bridge."
The wounded have been hospitalised, some with broken bones. The scene at the bridge, indistrict, was filled with screams in the aftermath of the collapse. The was erected by state-owned builders PT Hutama Karya and one segment has fallen into the water. Some vehicles are close to entirely submerged, and Indonesia Today suggests as many as 100 people may be injured. One damaged car was left inverted and suspended above the water.
Harmoni Adi, head of a search and rescue agency, said "[t]he death toll is likely to increase," after the 4:30pm local time collapse, with rescuers in Tenggarong searching the river for survivors. Some people swam ashore after falling from the structure, which spanned 700 metres. An eyewitness described heavy traffic on the bridge when it came down.
- The Associated Press. "3 dead, 17 injured in Indonesia bridge collapse" — , November 26, 2011
- "Three killed, 17 hurt in Indonesia bridge collapse" — , November 26, 2011
- "At least 3 dead and scores injured as Indonesia's 'Golden Gate Bridge' collapses" — , November 26, 2011
- The Associated Press. "Indonesia Bridge Collapse Kills at Least Three" — , November 26, 2011