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Taiwan bridge collapse: 11 trapped on boats below as oil tanker plunges into river | The Independent

At least 11 people are feared to have been trapped after an arch bridge collapsed into a bay in eastern Taiwan, sending an oil tanker falling into the waters below and crushing a number of fishing boats.

Dramatic footage from a nearby CCTV camera showed the moment the tanker drove over the bridge, and was almost safely at the other side, when the entire 140m-long structure suddenly gave way.

Five people were on the bridge at the time and are missing, Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung told reporters, while one of the fishing boats trapped by the falling debris had six people on board.

In addition, 10 people have been taken to hospital so far, with six suffering serious, life-threatening injuries.

The collapse occurred in the small but often crowded Pacific fishing village of Nanfangao, about 60km south-east of Taipei.

Source: Taiwan bridge collapse: 11 trapped on boats below as oil tanker plunges into river | The Independent

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