Suspension bridge in New Taipei collapses leaving 4 people injured

Suspension bridge in New Taipei collapses leaving 4 people injured

TAIPEI, Taiwan - A suspension bridge in Kente Watermill Recreational Park in Sanzhi District, New Taipei City collapsed yesterday, leaving four people injured.

The New Taipei City Fire Department received a report from the park at 4:27 p.m. which indicated that four people were walking on the bridge when the incident occurred.

The fire department dispatched two rescue teams to the scene, and sent the four injured to Mackay Memorial Hospital's Tamsui Branch.

New Taipei City Deputy Mayor Lee Shu-chan said that after the incident, the city immediately offered NT$10,000 (S$420) to each person to express its sympathy. Lee added that the city will also help to cover medical expenses for the four.

Lee went on to say that an initial investigation suggested that the incident was caused by a break within the steel wire ropes, but noted that the New Taipei City government will officially determine the cause of the incident with technicians today.

The deputy mayor said that there is a possibility the steel wire ropes had been eroded by wind. Lee added that the city will also determine if the district office had failed to maintain the suspension bridge.

The Sanzhi District Office said the suspension bridge was built in 2005, and the office maintains the bridge annually.

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