Worker missing in boardwalk collapse at bridge construction site

By Huy Phong September 30, 2022 | 10:27 p.m. PT

The place where a boardwalk collapsed and sent three workers to build a bridge over the Tien River in Vinh Long province on September 30, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Anh Nguyen

A makeshift footbridge at the construction site of a major Mekong Delta bridge collapsed on Friday afternoon, knocking three workers into the river and one not being found.

The promenade, about three meters from the water, collapsed from the main pillar of the My Thuan 2 bridge in Vinh Long province. Two workers were pulled out of the water by their colleagues while the third, Tran Thanh Chau, 29, was swept away.

The construction unit suspects that heavy rains and strong winds over the past few days have damaged the boardwalk. It has been repaired and checked everywhere, the unit said.

Construction of My Thuan 2 Bridge started in 2020 and is expected to be completed by 2023 to improve traffic connectivity in the Mekong Delta region.

Pillars of My Thuan Bridge 2 under construction, near My Thuan Bridge.  Photo by VnExpress/Huy Phong

My Thuan Bridge 2 under construction near My Thuan Bridge along the Tien River. Photo by VnExpress/Huy Phong

The bridge, connecting Vinh Long and Tien Giang provinces, has attracted 5 trillion VND ($209.5 million) from the state budget. It stretches for 6.6 kilometers and is 350 meters upstream from the My Thuan Bridge over the Tien River, one of the two main branches of the Mekong in Vietnam.

There are currently three bridges crossing the 230 km Tien River – Cao Lanh, My Thuan and Rach Mieu – and two more under construction – My Thuan 2 and Rach Mieu 2.

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