A 100-metre (320-foot) section of a multi-million dollar bridge in Heilongjiang province of China has collapsed Friday upending four trucks and killing three people.
The Yangmingtan Bridge was the sixth major bridge in China to collapse since July of last year, Xinhua news agency reports.
The bridge, which spans the Songhua river and is 15.42km (9.58 miles) long, was finished nine months ago and cost 1.88bn yuan ($286m), Xinhua said.
Xinhua said the company that constructed the bridge project was China Railway First Group Co., Ltd, which has been pushing overseas expansion and has projects in more than 20 countries, such as Greece, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco, according to information on the company’s website.
Many in China have attributed the recent spate of bridge collapses to corruption, and online reaction to the latest collapse was scathing.
“Corrupt officials who do not die just continue to cause disaster after disaster,” said one post on Friday on Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging service similar to Twitter.
It is being reported Chinese authorities in Harbin are investigating, and will examine bridge design and construction, and will also look at the truck loads.