Suspension Bridge Falls in Colombia Killing 11 People

Suspension Bridge Falls in Colombia Killing 11 People

A suspension bridge in Colombia has collapsed, killing at least 11 people and injuring several others near the city of Villavicencio, south-east of the capital, Bogota. Pictures show the structure, made of boards and rope, dangling on its side.

Eyewitnesses said one of the ropes had snapped as more than two dozen people were crossing the bridge.
Some managed to hold on, but many others, including young children, fell into the ravine below. The bridge was strung across a canyon at a height of about 10m (33ft) but the steepness of the hill meant that some of those who fell tumbled much further down its side.

Hilton Gutierrez of the mayor’s office in nearby Villavicencio said that the collapse was due to excess weight. He said that close to 30 people were on the bridge and that some of them were leaning over one side when a rope snapped, leaving the bridge lopsided.

It was one of several privately-built bridges in the forest reserve of El Carmen and had become a popular destination for people from Villavicencio on a day out. As Monday was a public holiday, the place was particularly busy with families trekking to a local waterfall.