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Hundreds trapped as highway bridge collapses

Hundreds trapped as highway bridge collapses

Mar 06, 2011 - 17:11

GARDEZ (PANinfo-icon): Road-clearing machines were pressed into service on Sunday to create an alternative route for traffic on the Khost-Gardez highway after the collapse of a bridge, an official said.

"We hope an alternative route will be created in next three hours to ensure vehicular movement," Khost Public Works Director Abdullah Durrani told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The bridge caved in in Satokandow area at 11am due to heavy rains and snowfall, leaving at least 300 vehicles, including loaded trucks and passenger buses, stranded.

A taxi driver, Gul Zaman, said it was still raining and snowing and they were faced with great inconvenience due to the bridge collapse. "Womeninfo-icon and children are waiting for the reopening of the highway."


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