Last updated on October 1, 2019
A towering arch bridge over a bay in southern Taiwan fell Tuesday, sending a burning petroleum tanker truck falling upon ships in the water beneath. An aviation helicopter, fishing boats and over 60 military employees including divers were looking for potential victims. Six individuals, all foreigners, were missing and thought trapped one of those fishing ships, the National Fire Agency said. Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-Yung told colleagues that five individuals were feared to have been on the bridge when it failed. Ten individuals were sent into hospitals, six of those with acute injuries. The 460-foot-long bridge fell about 9:30 a.m. in Nanfangao, a little but often-crowded Pacific shore fishing village. The weather at the time was shining, however, the collapse occurred hours after a typhoon spanned from the island. Disaster relief officials wouldn’t say whether the storm had weakened the bridge or provide other details about the reason. Government-run Central News Agency reported a bridge dock may have dropped.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen stated she expected all government departments could do everything possible to rescue individuals and”maintain the amount of deaths and injuries as low as you can,” CNA reported. National Fire Agency spokesperson Su Hong-wei stated the petroleum tanker truck’s collapse smashed three fishing ships. Additionally, it set fire to the vehicle, but it didn’t spread past the vehicle. Rescue employees have eliminated one of those ships from below the collapsed bridge and are working on both other people, the bureau said in a statement Tuesday evening. Of that the 10 people hospitalized, six are Filipinos and three are Indonesians, the bureau stated. Individuals from both nations frequently work on fishing boats registered in Taiwan, where cover is far better than in their own house countries. The center of Typhoon Mittag passed east of Taiwan on Monday night and early Tuesday, however, the outside winds gusting around 85 miles changed the island before the storm moved into the northeast. It was started in 1998 and has been constructed to replace a decrease bridge that prevented big fishing vessels from passing underneath. According to the firm that made the 18-meter-high (almost 60 ft ) high bridge, MAA Consultants, it is the sole single-span arch bridge at Taiwan backed by wires and the 2nd only arch-cable steel bridge at the world.Video footage Twitter revealed a massive truck nearly getting across the bridge then tumbling backward since the bridge fell into the water.