The owner of a cargo vessel has been detained after a ship hit a bridge in Guangzhou, south China, causing the bridge to part-collapse and resulting in the death of at least five people.

Chinese state media reports that the container ship collided with the Lixinsha bridge over the Pearl River in the city’s Nansha district on Thursday morning (22 February 2024). The ship hit a bridge support and another pillar, causing a portion of the bridge to collapse. Five vehicles, including a public bus (not carrying passengers at the time), three trucks and a scooter, went over the edge of the structure.

Two vehicles fell into the water, while three others landed on the ship. At least two people were pulled to safety; two were found dead at the scene. The bodies of three further victims were recovered from the water after a search, according to state media.

Read more at Marine Industry News