At least 70 killed in Guinea bridge collapse

At least 70 people died in Guinea when a bridge collapsed under an overloaded truck, overturning the vehicle and throwing scores into a river.

At least 70 people died in Guinea when a bridge collapsed under an overloaded truck, overturning the vehicle and throwing scores into a river.

The West African country’s state radio RTG reported that truck was ferrying goods and people back from a local market near the south-eastern town of Gueckedou when the accident happened on Sunday.

The small, 50-year-old rock and cement bridge collapsed as the truck was crossing, tipping the vehicle and sending people as well as bags of cement and sacks of rice crashing into the river.

Many of the victims drowned, or were suffocated under the heavy merchandise, RTG said.

At least 20 people were injured and were taken to a hospital.

Some later died of their injuries.

The death toll rose from 65 overnight to 70 this morning, hospital sources said.

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