Dramatic CCTV footage captured the moment the 140-meter (460-foot) long single-arch bridge came crashing down in Nanfangao; on Taiwan’s east coast.
the road gave way and tumbled down onto at least three fishing boats as a petrol tanker that was crossing also plunged into the water early on Tuesday morning.
The bridge collapsed at about 9:30 a.m.
The weather at the time of the collapse was sunny, hours after a typhoon swept across parts of the island. Disaster relief officials would not say if the storm had weakened the bridge or give other details on the potential cause. Government-run Central News Agency said a bridge pier may have collapsed.
Ten people were sent to hospitals, six of them with serious injuries.
National Fire Agency spokesperson Su Hong-wei said the tanker’s fall smashed three boats. It also set off a fire on the tanker truck but it did not spread beyond the vehicle.
Of the 10 people hospitalized, six were Filipinos and three were Indonesians, the agency said in a statement. People from both countries regularly work on fishing boats registered in Taiwan, where pay is better than in their home countries.
The petrol tanker burst into flames at some point after it hit the water; sending a thick plume of black smoke into the air.