Bridge dramatically collapses in plume of smoke for second time in just a year

Dramatic footage has emerged showing a 3km bridge crashing into a river mid-construction – for the second time in just over a year.

A large section of the four-lane bridge collapsed on Sunday, leaving onlookers shocked as it disappeared within seconds.

Video shows a middle section of the bridge crumble and give way before it crashes into the river.

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The subsequent section follows, destroying concrete blocks and building equipment while sending plumes of debris into the sky.

Ripples of waves gush over towards the river banks as witnesses leave the area and head inland.

The Sultangaj bridge, which connects the Khagaria and Bhagalpur districts in east India, started its construction in 2017.

It collapsed the first time in April 2022 but it's not clear if the problems had been rectified.

Nitish Kumar, chief minister at the state of Bihar, said he had ordered an inquiry into the incident.

McElhanney, the Canadian engineering firm who is responsible for the building project, acknowledged the incident on Monday and said they were aware of the "partial collapse" of the bridge.

They were also "deeply concerned" about the safety and wellbeing of those affected, adding they "will co-operate with any investigation".

The bridge is expected to "accommodate four lanes of traffic and a footpath, providing an important new link across the Ganges".

The firm also said the bridge can ease traffic congestion on the state's three exisiting road bridges.

Just eight months ago, a suspension bridge in the west coast of India gave way and collapsed, killing 135 people and leaving hundreds injured.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah then tweeted: "I am deeply saddened by the accident in Morbi.

"Local administration is engaged in relief work with full readiness, NDRF is also reaching the spot soon. The administration has been directed to provide immediate treatment to the injured."

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