2 die, 3 missing after ship hits Lixinsha Bridge near Guangzhou, sending cars into water

BEIJING — Two people were killed after a barge collided with a bridge over a waterway in China’s Pearl River Delta near Guangzhou city, causing part of the bridge to break off, plunging vehicles into the water, Chinese state media reported on Thursday (Feb 22).

The Guangzhou Maritime Safety Administration said in a statement on their WeChat social media account the barge was travelling from Foshan city to a southern district of Guangzhou, when it crashed into the bridge at 5.30am (2130 GMT) in the Hongqili Waterway.

Images on state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) showed an empty container barge lodged between two columns of the Lixinsha Bridge with part of the bridge’s two-lane road deck missing. All road traffic on the bridge was halted.

Four vehicles and an electric motorbike fell off the bridge. Two vehicles, which included a bus, plunged into the water and three other vehicles ended up on the barge, CCTV said. The bus was carrying only its driver, who survived, but was not contactable for comment.

Two people died from the incident, one crew member was injured and two others rescued, state media said, with three more still missing.


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