French bridge collapses near Toulouse, killing girl, 15

Emergency services searching the river around the collapsed bridge.Image copyright
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Several vehicles fell into the river after the bridge collapsed

A 15-year-old girl has been killed and several other people are believed missing after a suspension bridge collapsed in south-western France.

Several vehicles fell into the River Tarn north of Toulouse when the bridge near the village of Mirepoix-sur-Tarn fell down at around 08:00 (07:00 GMT).

Four people were rescued and the river is still being searched for others who may be missing.

An investigation into the causes of the incident has been opened.

At least 60 emergency services personnel have been working at the scene.

The bridge, 155m (170 yards) long and almost 7m wide, was renovated in 2003 by Haute-Garonne council.

The number of vehicles involved has been disputed, but includes at least one truck, a car and potentially a van.

Georges Méric, president of the regional council, said he would go to the scene to be with the victims, their relatives and the emergency services.

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