Friday, October 23, 2009

Costa Rican bridge collapses; bus falls; five killed

San Jose, Costa Rica (AP) - A traditional hammock-style wood-and-cable bridge has collapsed as a bus crossed it in rural Costa Rica, dropping a bus filled with 38 people into a riverbed. Five people are reported dead.

Red Cross spokesman Freddy Roman says most of the survivors were injured in Thursday's accident.

Bridges made of wooden planks supported by steel cables are used throughout the Costa Rican countryside. The one that collapsed crossed a river about 35 miles (60 kilometers) west of San Jose, the country's capital.

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