Bridge collapse in Guinea kills 65

CONAKRY Tue Mar 20, 2007 12:41pm EDT

Sixty-five people were killed when a bridge collapsed under the weight of a truck near the town of Gueckedou in south-eastern Guinea, a senior army official in the West African country said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Graphic

Sixty-five people were killed when a bridge collapsed under the weight of a truck near the town of Gueckedou in south-eastern Guinea, a senior army official in the West African country said on Tuesday.

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CONAKRY (Reuters) - Sixty-five people were killed after a bridge collapsed under the weight of a truck packed with passengers and merchandise in southeastern Guinea, a senior army official in the West African country said on Tuesday.

The accident happened as the truck, packed with passengers and merchandise, was heading for a local market near the remote town of Gueckedou, more than 400 km (250 miles) southeast of the capital Conakry on Monday, the official said.

"There are 65 dead. A bridge collapsed under the weight of a truck carrying people who were on their way to a weekly market," the military officer, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

French radio RFI said there were seven survivors.

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