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Last Updated: Saturday June 16 2007 11:59 GMT

Boat crash causes bridge collapse

The partially sunk boat in front of the collapsed section of the Jiujiang Bridge

Rescuers are searching for survivors after a bridge in China collapsed when it was hit by a boat loaded with sand.

Four vehicles fell into the water as about 150m of the mile-long bridge collapsed in the southern province of Guangdong, early on Friday.

Nine people who had been on the bridge at the time of the accident are still missing. The boat also sank.

Officials think fast currents caused by recent heavy rains may have contributed to the crash.

The bridge connects Foshan to the neighbouring city of Heshan, and runs over the Xijiang waterway.



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