Several feared missing in Brazil bridge collapse

Rio de Janeiro: Several people are feared to miss after a bridge partially collapsed into the Moju River in Para on Saturday (local time).

Quoting local authorities, Xinhua reported that the bridge collapsed after a ferry crashed into one of the pillars.

Two cars were on the bridge when the incident occurred, leading to fears of casualties from the collapse.

The status of the passengers aboard the ferry is not known either, as authorities are yet to disclose further information.

A technical inspection had previously found problems with the bridge’s pillars. The inspectors, however, were not worried about a collapse.

While emergency measures were taken by the state government following the previous inspection, vehicular movement was not curtailed on the bridge.

Five years ago, another bridge collapsed into the Moju River in a similar manner.

Further information is awaited.