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Ship Crashes Into Bridge in China, Killing at Least 2

Part of a bridge in the southern Chinese manufacturing hub of Guangzhou collapsed after a container ship crashed into it, killing at least two people as vehicles plummeted, the local authorities said on Thursday.

Three people were missing, according to the authorities, who said an empty container ship had hit one of the supporting columns of the two-lane Lixinsha Bridge, fracturing the surface.

The crash occurred at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday in the Nansha district, and its cause was under investigation, the district said in a statement. Photos published by Chinese state media showed a large chunk missing from the bridge, which is the main thoroughfare crossing the Hongqili Channel between the island of Sanmin and the rest of the sprawling megacity. A local official told state media that ferries were being provided for residents.

Five vehicles fell when the bridge collapsed, two into the water and three onto the container ship, Guangzhou’s maritime bureau said in a statement.

Among the vehicles was a bus whose driver was the only person on board, the bus’s operator, Guangzhou Bus Group, said in a statement published by state media. It was unclear whether the driver was among the missing or the dead. A photograph published in state media showed a bus that appeared to have landed on the ship.

Six scuba divers and a salvage ship were sent to the scene, officials said, according to state media.

In 2021, the transport department in Guangdong Province, whose capital is Guangzhou, agreed to implement anti-collision measures on the bridge’s support columns, according to the state broadcaster China Central Television. The work was scheduled to be completed in 2022 but was postponed to 2023, and then to August 2024, with no reasons given for the delay, the broadcaster reported.

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