A newly-constructed bridge's ramp collapsed in northeast China early today, killing three people and injuring five, according to China's Xinhau.
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The accident, which Xinhau said sent four trucks hurtling some 30 meters to the ground, brings to six the number bridge failures in China in little over a year. The cause of the ramp failure on the Yangmingtan Bridge in Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, was not immediately clear but is under investigation.
An unverified video posted by China-watching blog Beijing Cream alleges to show the accident take place:
According to Beijing Creme, the exchange on the video is as follows: First voice: "Who said you could film?” Second voice: “I can’t film?” First voice: “You’re not allowed.” Second voice: “Who doesn’t allow?” First voice: “Where are you from?” Second voice: “Why do you care? Who doesn’t allow filming?” First voice: “We don’t allow.” Second voice: “You don’t allow? Why isn’t it allowed? Why don’t you allow, might I ask?”
The camera’s lens is then obscured. Liu Guodong, who was hurt in the accident, told Xinhua: "I was dozing off in the truck when suddenly the truck rolled to the ground. It was so terrifying."
Three of the five hurt are being treated for serious injuries, said Xinhua.
The incident followed a train accident late Thursday in Jiamusi, also located in the northern Heilongjiang province, said The Guardian.
The nine-and-a-half-mile Yangmingtan bridge opened in November and crosses the Songhua river, said BBC. The project cost some $286 million, BBC cited Xinhua as saying.