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Taichung MRT construction accident kills 4, injures 4

Taichung MRT construction accident kills 4, injures 4

Taipei, April 10 (CNA) A massive steel girder at a construction site of the Taichung Mass Rapid Transit system collapsed to the ground at rush hour on Friday, killing four people and injuring another four, according to the Taichung government. Three construction workers and a female driver were crushed when the 43-meter-long, 209-ton steel girder fell from a height of about three stories high on to busy roads, the city government said. Of the four people injured, one was in critical condition, said Deputy Mayor Chang Kuang-yao (???). Because the girder hit at least four vehicles at the intersection of Wenxin Road and Beitun Road in the northeastern past of the city's downtown area, more victims may still be trapped at the site, rescuers said. No reason was immediately given for what may have caused the girder to collapse.
Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung was in South Korea at the time of the accident, and has decided to cut short his stay there and return home around midnight.
(By Lee Hsin-Yin)

Updated : 2021-09-18 16:57 GMT+08:00