A 1200-foot bridge, still under construction, outside of Mexico City collapsed into a gorge known as the "cliff of Death" on Tuesday (5 December).
A 1200-foot bridge, still under construction, outside of Mexico City collapsed into a gorge known as the "cliff of Death" on Tuesday (5 December). Fifty construction workers are feared dead. Twenty of the workers were on the bridge when it snapped. The men fell 350 feet to an area where a group of fellow workers were toiling.
The search for missing men started almost immediately after the disaster. Three thousand rescue workers worked throughout Tuesday and Wednesday to pick the bodies out of the piles of twisted steel bars and concrete. Rescue workers found only one survivor, and he was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The searchers were hampered by almost sheer vertical sides of the gorge at the site of the bridge, which is to connect the housing settlement of Tecamanchalco with the University of Anauac, southeast of Mexico City.
"We had just poured the final cement on the center span," an engineer said. "Workmen were walking off the bridge. If it had happened three minutes earlier a hundred men would have died."
The cause of the bridge disaster has not been determined. An investigation is under way.