CHINA 8 dead, 3 injured in lounge bridge collapse

CHINA

8 dead, 3 injured in lounge bridge collapse

Xinhua

00:14, July 28, 2018

HANGZHOU, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Eight people were confirmed dead and three others injured Friday after the top of a lounge bridge in east China's Zhejiang Province collapsed, local authorities said.

The upper part of the lounge bridge in Langgan village in Tonglu County, Hangzhou City, collapsed at about 7:40 p.m., the county government said.

Earlier the injured were sent to the county's No. 2 people's hospital for emergency treatment.

Eyewitnesses told Xinhua that it was stormy weather at the time of the accident and some villagers were resting and taking shelter from the rain in the lounge.

Most of the people trapped inside the toppled structure were the elderly, and they were in serious conditions, said the eyewitnesses.

Both the rescue operation and investigation into the cause of the accident are under way.

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