At Least 9 Workers Killed After Colombian Bridge Collapsed

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At least nine construction workers have been killed and five injured after a partially-constructed bridge collapsed in central Colombia, an official from the disaster response agency said.

Nine of those who fell died immediately, and the 10th died of his injuries after being taken to a hospital. It was expected to be delivered by the end of March and if completed would have had a length of 446 metres. Several laborers were injured and eleven are reportedly missing.

In a statement, the agency said the victims had been working on a sewer system.

Rescuers search for bodies after a bridge collapsed in Guayabetal municipality on the road that connects Bogota with the city of Villavicencio.

Authorities said they are investigating the cause of the collapse and trying to find out how many people were on the structure.

Transportation Minister German Cardona flew over the site of the collapse and visited rescue staff on the ground. The actual distance between Bogota and Villavicencio is around 72 kilometers (45 miles), but given the hard terrain, the highway is significantly longer and consists of multiple tunnels and 46 separate bridges.