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Suspension bridge collapses before opening

A suspension bridge spanning across the Nan river in Muang district of Phichit province collapsed last night during a heavy rain storm.

suspension bridge collapses in ThailandHowever nobody was injured as it was not yet open to traffic.

The 139 metres long and 2.90 metres wide bridge is located Ban Samka village in Tambon Kamang of Muang district.

The suspension bridge is a project of the Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning.

Construction cost of the bridge is 9.53 million baht. A bid was called early last year and construction began June 23, 2014.

However the contract had expired on February 18 this year but construction has not yet finished.

The contractor has been fined for not able to finish work by the contracted period which was earlier set to officially open before the Buddhist Lent end of this month.

Local authorities said fortunately it collapsed before the official opening otherwise many people would have died and injured.

Substandard construction was blamed for the collapse.

Thai PBS

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