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Bridge collapses in Indonesia; 3 dead, 17 injured

Associated Press
Nov 26, 2011 at 08:33pm IST

Jakarta: A busy bridge collapsed on Saturday in central Indonesia, killing at least three people and injuring 17 others as a bus, cars and motorcycles crashed into the river below, police and witnesses said.

Captain Syafii Nafsikin said search and rescue teams rushed to the scene. Survivors, swimming to shore, were screaming in panic.

The sprawling, 700-metre bridge built to resemble the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco linked the towns of Tenggarong and Samarinda in East Kalimantan province.

Bridge collapses in Indonesia; 3 dead, 17 injured

The sprawling, 700-metre bridge was built to resemble the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

It was clogged with traffic when the accident occurred, Syaiful, a witness, told local television station TVOne.

He saw at least one bus and close to a dozen motorcycles plunge into the Mahakam river. Several cars were mangled.

"Everyone was screaming," said Syaiful, who like many Indonesians uses only one name.

East Kalimantan police spokesman Colonel Antonius Wisnu Sutirta said it wasn't immediately clear why the 10-year-old bridge collapsed.

He said at least three people were killed and 17 others were injured and rushed to nearby hospitals.

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