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Mexico bridge collapse kills 8

A bridge over the Tonalá River in south-eastern Mexico has collapsed, killing at least eight people, according to officials.

Five vehicles plunged into the river after the 260-metre-long bridge connecting the province of Veracruz with the south-eastern province of Tabasco collapsed outside the city of Agua Dulce, Veracruz director of civil protection Marquez Hernandez said.

The incident occurred on the Cardenas-Coatzacoalcos federal highway that connects Veracruz with Agua Dulce and Tabasco.

Veracruz governor Fidel Herrera said that rescue boats and divers had been deployed to recover the survivors.

Mr Herrera said that the bridge was “very old”, which could have been a reason for the accident, while Mr Hernandez blamed an overloaded trailer for the collapse.

Mexican navy divers and the Veracruz state government are trying to find the rest of the occupants of the tractor-trailer and the cars involved in the accident.

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