Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

14 killed after bridge collapses

Fourteen people have been killed after a bridge collapsed in South Africa

Heavy rains in South Africa have caused a bridge to collapse, killing 14 people.

The bridge collapsed in the nation's Mpumalanga province. Joseph Mabuza, a spokesman for the province's safety department, said that three vehicles drove onto the bridge in the dark after it had collapsed.

Mr Mabuza said the strong current pulled the vehicles away.

A train carrying cargo also derailed near Durban as rain had swept away its track.

The train ended up plunging into the Amanzimtoti River. Local officials said four people were injured in that accident.

South Africa is now experiencing seasonal rains as it enters its summer months.

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