Bridge collapse near Indonesia’s Bali kills eight

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) – A bridge connecting two small islands near the Indonesian resort island of Bali collapsed on Sunday, killing eight people and injuring at least 30, officials said.

There were too many people passing over the bridge for a religious ceremony when it collapsed at 6 PM local time, police officer Arendra Wahyudi said, adding some motorbikes also fell into the water.

The sea beneath the bridge was less than two meters deep, Wahyudi said, but many of the victims were crushed by debris.

All of the victims were locals, he said.

Indonesia’s search and rescue agency stopped the search for the day at 9 PM local time, but will resume at daybreak on Monday, its spokesman said.

 (Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Bali stringer; Writing by Gayatri Suroyo; Editing by Mark Potter)

 

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this post put the death count from the tragedy at nine, as originally reported by Reuters. However, following the commotion, village officials have clarified the amount of fatalities from the horrifying bridge collapse as eight.

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