Popular suspension bridge fails in Colombia, killing 7

6 years 10 months 4 weeks ago Monday, January 09 2017 Jan 9, 2017 January 09, 2017 8:43 PM January 09, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

BOGOTA, Colombia - A suspension bridge popular with tourists in a rural area of central Colombia has failed, killing at least seven people and injuring 14 more.

The bridge near the city of Villavicencio is a major tourist attraction. Authorities say it may have turned upside down Monday due to overload during a busy three-day holiday weekend.

Those injured are being treated at a local hospital. Officials say they fear the death toll could rise because the injuries suffered by people spilled 80 meters (265 feet) into a gorge were severe.

Firefighters at the rescue scene say the dead included five adults and two minors.

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