Colombia: 10 workers die after bridge they were constructing in Chirajara collapses


Colombia: 10 workers die after bridge they were constructing in Chirajara collapses

A motorway bridge under construction in Colombia has collapsed, killing at least nine workers and injuring five others.

Civil Defense authorities say the laborers were working on drainage along the partially-constructed bridge when the structure fell Monday about 60 miles from Bogota.

Known as the Chirajara bridge, the structure was under construction and not operational at the time of the collapse.

Located in Chirajara on the border of Cundinamarca and Meta provinces, the bridge was to be part of a highway connecting the capital Bogota (65 kilometres away) and the city of Villavicencio.

View of a bridge under construction that collapsed leaving dead and injured workers in Chirajara near Bogota Colombia
A partially-constructed bridge collapsed in Colombia killing 10 workers and injuring several others

Transportation Minister German Cardona visited rescue staff on the ground with Dimitri Zaninovich, the head of the national infrastructure agency and reportedly described the incident as a "tragedy".

An investigation has been launched to find out the reason for the bridge collapse.

"We are still working to verify the total number of people who were working at the time", they said in a statement. Santos has since spoken to say all his "solidarity is with relatives of the victims".

According to information from the rescue services, all the victims were actually part of the building workers on the site.