Excavator drops 16 meters to river after bridge collapses

An aging bridge in central China’s Hubei Province collapsed on Tuesday, while an excavator was working on top trying to dismantle it.

The driver of the excavator and two others who stood nearby instructing the demolition work were injured, though their injuries were not life-threatening.

The 16-meter-high stone bridge was built in 1974. It was designated by the local government as “unsafe” late last year, and heavy-weight vehicles were not allowed passage.

The demolition of the bridge began on October 9, and some locals questioned why the bridge was dismantled from the top in the first place.

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