27 Nov '11, 5am

Hunt for survivors after Indonesia bridge collapse

Hunt for survivors after Indonesia bridge collapse

JAKARTA: Rescuers hunted for survivors on Sunday after a busy bridge spanning the Mahakam river in Indonesia's Borneo island collapsed, killing four people and injuring 19 others, officials said. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered an investigation into the accident, which saw hundreds of vehicles thrown off the 720-metre-long (yard) structure -- built to resemble San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Witnesses reportedly heard a loud crashing sound as the bridge buckled, sending a public bus, cars and motorcycles plunging into the broad river in Kutai Kartanegara district. Survivors desperately swam to the shore, screaming in panic, while others were trapped underwater beneath the debris. "We have recovered four bodies and rescued 39 people," East Kalimantan province's search and rescue agency head Harmoni Adi told AFP. "Rescuers are diving in the river to search...

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