Teenage girl and truck driver killed in bridge collapse in France

A 15-year-old girl and the driver of a truck were killed Monday (18 November) when an 88-year-old suspension bridge collapsed in south-western France, plunging two vehicles into a river.

The girl’s mother, who tried to rescue her daughter, was among three people pulled from the water by emergency responders, reports France 24. 

The bridge, dating from 1931, collapsed at around 8am in the town of Mirepoix-sur-Tarn, in Haute-Garonne, the department of which Toulouse is the main city.

According to the local government, 120 emergency responders attended the disaster, which is now the subject of a criminal investigation.

Image: The collapsed bridge in Mirepoix-sur-Tarn, Haute-Garonne (Préfet de région Occitanie et de Haute-Garonne, via Twitter)

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