24 March 2018

12 injured in bridge collapse in Sweden

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Several people are injured after a bridge over a railway collapsed in central Ludvika, Dalarna, in central Sweden. reports citing Sweeden media.

An overpass and scaffolding collapsed at around 2pm on Thursday.

"It's a major accident. It's a bridge under construction that has collapsed," police spokesperson Stefan Wickberg told the TT newswire.

Twelve people are injured, of whom four are believed to be seriously injured, according to Dalarna health authorities. Two have been taken to hospital in Ludvika and one has been taken by helicopter to the University Hospital in Örebro. The others are being taken to Falu hospital.

The construction work was part of a project to replace the old bridge over the railway line in central Ludvika and was being carried out by a subcontractor of Swedish builders Skanska at the time of the collapse.

Its press office estimates around 15-20 people were at the site when the collapse happened. It is understood to have happened while concrete was being placed on the new bridge.

"We're taking this incredibly seriously. Right now we're focusing on those involved in the accident. People are already on their way there to offer support and start an investigation into what happened," Skanska press officer Edvard Lind told TT.

2017.07.13 / 20:44
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