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Bridge collapse kills four in China

A bridge collapse has killed four people and injured eight in China’s central Hubei province collapsed, according to Chinese authorities.

The accident happened on Saturday in the city of Ezhou, with about 500 meters of the flyover bridge built over an expressway collapsing on to the road below, according to transport and police authorities.

Three lorries fell from the bridge and one car was crushed under the debris, according to the official Xinhua News Agency, which cited local authorities. The expressway was closed after the incident.

Work was being carried out on the bridge when the accident happened, although it is not clear how many workers were present at the time.

Preliminary investigations revealed that a lorry weighing 198 tons had broken into two pieces while falling off the structure. The newspaper Beijing News said the lorry was four times over the allowable weight limit on the flyover, which was built 11 years ago.

Transport Ministry officials were on the scene conducting an investigation, the reports said.

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