Five die as bridge collapses in China

Beijing, Feb. Feb 1 (IANS) Five people were killed and eight injured when a bridge partially collapsed after an explosion on a truck Friday morning in China's Henan Province, authorities said.

The explosion occurred at 8.52 a.m., causing several vehicles to tumble down from the 30-meter-high bridge in Mianchi county, an official told Xinhua.

An 80-meter-long section of the bridge collapsed. The exploded truck was loaded with fireworks, according to an initial investigation.

Six vehicles have been retrieved.

The expressway links Lianyungang city of east China's Jiangsu province and Horgos, a border port in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the country's far west.

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