Three people were killed and two injured in eastern China when a highway overpass collapsed and crushed cars below it, local officials say.
- A preliminary investigation has suggested an overloaded truck caused the disaster
- Three vehicles — including one that was parked and unoccupied — were crushed
- Five vehicles were on the bridge deck, including two trucks
Videos posted online showed a large section of the bridge in the city of Wuxi, Jiangsu province, swaying before falling on top of moving vehicles on Thursday night.
One clip posted on social media platform Weibo showed the bridge narrowly missing a small three-wheel car, whose driver leapt out and ran away.
Other images showed crushed cars with only their front sections or headlights visible under a huge block of grey concrete.
Workers at the site of an overpass bridge collapse in the city of Wuxi, in China’s Jiangsu Province. (AFP: Li Bo/Xinhua)
A preliminary investigation showed the collapse was caused by an overloaded truck, the Wuxi City Government said in a statement on Weibo.
Three vehicles — including one that was parked and unoccupied — were crushed, and three people in the two other cars were killed, according to the statement.
Five vehicles were on the bridge deck, including two trucks.
The collapse also left two people injured, the statement said.
Construction and road accidents are not uncommon in China.
In February 2018, at least eight people died in downtown Foshan, Guangdong province, when a water leak inside a subway station construction site caused a major road to cave in.