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4 killed as bridge collapses in central Thailand

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  • Thai villagers and rescuers sift through the wreckage of a suspension bridge crossing the Pasak river after it collapsed Sunday in Ayutthaya province, central Thailand. Police say at least four people have been killed and a dozen have been injured when the small bridge collapsed in the accident.

      Thai villagers and rescuers sift through the wreckage of a suspension bridge crossing the Pasak river after it collapsed Sunday in Ayutthaya province, central Thailand. Police say at least four people have been killed and a dozen have been injured when the small bridge collapsed in the accident.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

BANGKOK -- Police say at least four people were killed when a small bridge collapsed near Thailand's ancient capital of Ayutthaya.

Police Col. Jitkasem Sonkham says several motorcycle drivers and their vehicles fell into the Pasak river Sunday while they were crossing the suspension bridge in Ayutthaya province's Tha Ruea district.

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Authorities found four bodies under the rubble. Twelve people were injured.

Jitkasem says the concrete bridge was built a few years ago for pedestrians and small vehicles to cross but has not been well-maintained. He says investigators believe the bridge was not over capacity at the time the accident happened but that it was in poor condition.

Tha Ruea is 109 kilometers (68 miles) north of Bangkok.

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