Nanfang’ao Bridge In Taiwan Collapses, Over 14 Injured & 6 Trapped
Hours after a typhoon swept across Suao town, 6 people are feared to be trapped after a bridge suddenly collapsed
Nanfang’ao Bridge, located in Suao township of Yilan county, collapsed at 9.30am on Tuesday (Oct 1), according to a Facebook post by Taiwan lawmaker Wang Ting Yu.
The bridge had fallen onto a group of fishing boats at the bottom.
Taiwan bridge collapses in 10 seconds
The 137m bridge collapsed at 9.30am on Tuesday (1 Oct). CCTV footage shows the bridge suddenly caving in before collapsing quickly within 10 seconds.
It collapsed before a petrol tanker could cross over to the road. The tanker burst into flames soon after.
Cause of bridge collapse unknown
The Nanfang’ao bridge was completed in 1998, according to the Yilan Tourism Board. Investigations on the cause of the collapse are ongoing.
While Typhoon Mitag has hit Taiwan the night before, the footage of the collapse has indicated that the weather was fine that day.
Rescue operations ongoing
The National Fire Agency has said that rescue operations are still ongoing as they suspect that there may be 6 more people trapped in the fishing boats.
A total of 12 people have been sent to hospital for treatment, including the driver of the petrol tanker and 2 navy divers who were injured during the rescue mission.
The rest were fishing workers, according to the agency.
Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang beseeched those involved in rescue efforts,
Saving people is the top priority! I request all relevant departments to put all efforts into the rescue operations!
President Tsai Ing-wen has also asked all units involved to aid the Yilan Officials in the rescue operations.
A total of 214 rescuers, 32 disaster relief vehicles, 14 ambulances and 11 boats have been dispatched to facilitate rescue operations, reported TVBS.
Featured image adapted from Daily Mail.