A bridge under construction in southern Vietnam was partially submerged on Tuesday after one of its piers tumbled down into a river.
Residents near the bridge’s construction site in Cai Doi Vam Town, Phu Tan District, Ca Mau Province heard a loud noise past 8:00 am on Tuesday as the structure’s main pier began to slowly collapse into the river below.
The gradual fall lasted for hours and only stopped after the column had sunk four meters lower than its original height, bringing two middle spans tumbling down with it.
One of the fallen spans was partially submerged, blocking the Cai Doi Vam River beneath.
No casualties or damage to vehicles were reported.
Local authorities fenced off the area and warned residents against approaching the site for their own safety.
The publicly funded project to construct Cai Doi Vam Bridge has a total investment capital of more than VND54 billion (US$2.3 million).
Construction began last year and was close to completion – with only railings left to be installed – when the accident happened.
TPM, the construction company hired to build the bridge, is looking into explanations for the incident and solutions to repair the damage.
Ho Hoan Tat, director of Ca Mau’s transport department, told Vietnamese news site VnExpress he was working with relevant units to examine the incident scene.