An eight-lane suspension bridge in Heilongjiang, China has collapsed, nine months after construction completed
A 100ft section of a eight-lane motorway suspension bridge - part of an airport expressway in Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, China - has broken, plunging four heavy lorries and their cargo to the ground below. Three people have been killed and five are reportedly being treated in hospital.
The bridge was only nine months old, opening in November 2011, and is the latest in a spate of bridge collapses across China. Xinghua news agency stated that there have been six such disasters since July 2011. The bridge is said to have cost around 1.9billion Yuan ($300m).
China has been criticised over the past few years for shoddy construction work as the country concentrates on expanding its cities and developing supporting infrastructure as its economy booms.
In September 2011 WAN looked into reports of illegal steel thinning on various construction projects in China which seems to be on the rise. It is possible that some of the infrastructure collapses of late are due to such practices.
This is not the only infrastructure disaster this week. Elsewhere in Heilongjiang, a train crash at a railway station injured at least 24 people after two trains collided. A sinkhole is also said to have swallowed a truck in Harbin this week, measuring 10m by 10m.