Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Ecuador: Suspension bridge suddenly collapses sending dozens of people plummeting into the water below
Families including small children were thrown into the water after a suspension bridge suddenly collapsed, injuring at least 32 people. Miraculously no-one was killed as locals raced into the river to rescue those who plummeted when the 10-year-old bridge gave way. Parents and children had gathered along the Ecuadorian bridge to watch a community festival which sees dozens of wooden rafts sailing along the Carrizal river in celebration of the city of Tosagua. The shocking scene was captured on cameras of people gathered to watch the happy festivities. In horrific footage, something on the bridge suddenly snaps, with a loud bang, causing it to upturn and send people into the river below.
Screams of terror can be heard in the background as one woman can be heard shouting: "Oh, my god" as people start to run towards the river to try and help the victims.
Emergency services were called and treated 10 children, 19 women and 13 men.
Five were treated at the scene and the further 27 were sent to hospital via ambulances. It is reported that two are in a serious condition but out of "danger" while the rest made full recoveries. Diego Cedeno, who lives in the area, said that the suspended bridge was built 10 years ago but since then it has not received any maintenance, which he blamed as the reason to why it gave way. He added the bridge was supposed to support a weight of 1.5 tonnes at any given time.