Thu. Apr 25th, 2019

An extensive bridge collapses in northern Brazil and the number of victims is unknown

An extensive bridge collapses in northern Brazil and the number of victims is unknown

Rescue authorities continue to search for victims in the Mojú river, in a municipality in the state of Pará, in the north of Brazil, after the tragedy that occurred this Saturday after the collision of a boat against a bridge, which caused the fall of a part of the viaduct.

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According to regional authorities, two vehicles that passed through the bridge at the time of the accident fell into the river, and it is not known how many people were transported in the boat that crashed into the structure, so the number of missing persons is unknown.

The tragedy, which involved the fall of four pillars of the bridge, took place at dawn on Saturday in the municipality of Acará, about 60 kilometers from Belém, the capital of the state of Pará.

According to testimonies of the facts disclosed by local media, the driver of the boat that caused the accident was rescued and is wanted by the authorities.

At the scene of the accident, members of the Fire and Civil Defense Corps continue the searches without any results so far.

The regional authorities explained that the bridge of Alá Viaria, 800 meters long and 23 meters high, has been subject to several boat crashes and was under repair for two months.

According to the governor of Pará, Helder Barbalho, the boat that hit the bridge, which caused the tragedy, was carrying palm oil waste.

Firefighters said that so far no crew member, certificate or document of the boat that hit the bridge has been found, so it is suspected was clandestine.

"It is a sad day, with that unfortunate episode ... At this moment, our priority is to speed up the searches for the victims and give full support to their families," the governor said.

Technicians from the regional and municipal governments are also in the area of ​​the tragedy and are looking for alternatives to guarantee the mobility of the vehicles that already concentrate long lines in the surroundings due to the collapse of the structure.

Without the bridge, river transport is the only alternative to reach other regions of the state.


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