Taiwan bridge collapses sending flaming tanker plunging onto fishing boats injuring at least 10

Taiwan bridge collapses sending flaming tanker plunging onto fishing boats injuring at least 10

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A BRIDGE has collapsed in Taiwan this morning – sending a flaming oil tanker truck falling onto boats in the water below.

At least ten people have been hurt after the towering bridge fell in the eastern town of Nanfangao – sparking a huge blaze.

Footage captured the disaster at 9.30am local time – just hours after a typhoon swept across parts of the island.

A National Fire Agency spokesperson said the tanker’s fall smashed three boats.

Six of the 10 people hurt were sent to a hospital with major injuries and the other four had minor injuries.

Divers plunged into the waters in a search for those feared trapped in the submerged rubble.

Shih I-chun, the secretary of the town’s mayor, said: “The bridge collapsed at around 9:30 a.m. while an oil tanker vehicle was on it, setting the vehicle on fire.

“We feared that some fishermen might be trapped in the boats.”

Authorities have pressed soldiers into the rescue effort and set up an emergency centre to run the operation.

On Monday Typhoon Mitag, packing maximum winds of 100 mph, swept past northeastern Taiwan.

The storm injured 12 people and cut power to more than 66,000 homes – with more than 150 flights cancelled.

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