French teenager dies after bridge collapses into river

Cheryl Sanders
November 19, 2019

One person is dead and four have been rescued after a suspension bridge collapsed over the Tarn river in southwest France.

TV images showed a vehicle bonnet sticking out of the fast-flowing waters of the Tarn river and emergency service helicopters circling overhead.

The physique of the useless lady was pulled from the water, Toulouse prosecutor Dominique Alzeari stated on the scene. The dead girl was traveling by auto across the bridge with her mother when it collapsed.

Over 60 emergency service members, including divers, were taking part in the rescue operation, Guyot told reporters, adding there were "probably several missing".

A truck and two vehicles fell into the river.


An investigation into the causes of the incident has been opened.

Rescuers walk on a suspension bridge which collapsed on Monday in Mirepoix-sur-Tarn, southwest France as they prepare to dive in the River Tarn.

The council of the local Haute-Garonne area said the bridge, which dated to 1931 and had been renovated in 2003, underwent a "thorough" inspection in 2017 showing "no structural problem".

Among the harmed are two of the 67 firemen who raced to the scene, police said.

Initial experiences suggest the 150-metre long suspension bridge collapsed because of a handsome lorry exceeding the weight limit.


The bridge linked the towns of Mirepoix-sur-Tarn and Bessieres, 18 miles north of the city of Toulouse, south west France.

Eric Oget, the mayor of Mirepoix-sur-Tarn, instructed the e-newsletter: 'We were very apprehensive, we heard a enormous explosion, at the start we had a plane atomize'.

Many pedestrians, together with schoolgoers, additionally used the bridge, he stated, describing the accident as a "real trauma".

Bystanders pulled the dead girl's mother alive from a sunken vehicle.


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