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Death toll in Indonesian bridge collapse now at 11

Last Updated: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 12:25

Jakarta: Rescuers say the number of people killed when a bridge collapsed in central Indonesia has climbed to 11, with more than 30 others missing and feared dead.

Sunarbowo Sandi, head of the search-and-rescue team, said on Monday that some of the victims are believed trapped in buses and cars that crashed into the murky Mahakam river below.

The 770-yard (700-meter) structure — built to resemble the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco — collapsed over the weekend after a steel support cable snapped while repair work was being done.

The 10-year-old bridge linked the towns of Tenggarong and Samarinda in East Kalimantan province.

Sandi said so far 11 bodies have been pulled from the muddy waters, but that poor visibility has hampered efforts to locate the 33 still missing.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 12:25

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