4 Killed, Several Injured, after Taiwan’s Nanfangao Bridge Collapses

Military Personnel Sent to Assist with Rescue Operations


Four people were killed and several others were injured after a bridge collapsed in Suao, Eastern Taiwan, on Tuesday morning.

An oil truck was crossing the 60ft-high Nanfangao Bridge when it came down, crashing several fishing boats below it.

A contingent of army and naval officers were deployed to the scene to rescue victims from the river.

Four people were confirmed dead while ten were sent to nearby hospitals. Four patients had sustained serious injuries in the accident. Two others are reported missing.

Although the authorities are still investigating the cause of the incident, it is reported the piers of the 460ft long bridge may have collapsed hours after a typhoon swept across the island.

The single-span arch bridge was commissioned in 1998 to replace a lower bridge at the channel.