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French bridge collapses into river killing 15-year-old girl

A 15-year-old girl died and several others went missing after suspension bridge collapsed in south-western France.

Several vehicles fell into the River Tarn north of Toulouse when the bridge near the village of Mirepoix-sur-Tarn fell down.

Four people were rescued and the river is still being searched for others who may be missing.




An investigation into the causes of the incident has been opened.

At least 60 emergency services personnel have been working at the scene.

The bridge renovated in 2003 by Haute-Garonne council, was 155 meters long and 7 meters wide. The bridge was limited to 19-tonne vehicles.



The number of vehicles involved has been disputed, but includes at least one truck, a car and potentially a van.

The bridge was inspected every six years and had shown no sign of structural weakness at its last inspection in 2017.


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