Five people died this Thursday when their vehicle fell into a river after detaching the suspension bridge they were traveling through in the town of Necoclí, in the Antioch’s Department, in northwestern Colombia, authorities reported.
The victims were traveling in a truck that was crossing the bridge over the Mulatos River when the structure fell off, said the Antioquia governor, Aníbal Gaviria.
“I’m sorry death of five people in the Mulatos river from Necoclí due to the collapse of a suspension bridge in the La Comarca village, “said the governor.
Necoclí is a coastal town located in the region of the Gulf of Urabá, about 400 kilometers north of Medellín, the capital of Antioquia.
Gaviria reported that a “commission of the Administrative Department of the Antioquia Disaster Prevention, Attention and Recovery System (Depard) and Obras Antioquia will evaluate the causes in the next few hours and affectations to define (the) care route “.
The municipal council of Risk Management of Necoclí said for its part that the events are being investigated by local authorities, who they alerted about the state of the bridge made of wood which, according to released images, was an improvised construction.
Several citizens posted on social media images showing the bad condition he was in the hanging structure and in which it was left when it collapsed.
The crashed vehicle was completely covered by the waters, which prevented the victims from could quickly get out of it.
The Depard confirmed that three of the people died at the scene before being rescued by community residents and lifeguards, while the other two died when they were taken to a health center.
Necoclí Municipal Risk Management Council reports that in La Comarca village, a suspension bridge collapsed while being crossed by a vehicle. This accident leaves five people dead. The facts are a matter of investigation. pic.twitter.com/yXT3iyLb8z
– Dapard Antioquia (@DapardAntioquia) October 22, 2020