Five Filipinos were injured when a suspended bridge in northeast Taiwan crashed Tuesday morning.
Chairman Angelito Banayo of Manila Economic and Cultural Office said the Filipinos were rushed to the hospital after the Nanfang’ao Bridge collapsed just as an oil tanker rolled across.
In a statement, the Labor department said the Filipino fishermen hurt in the incident in Yilan county were Julio S. Gimawa, Jason N. Villaruel, and Allan H. Alcansano. They were treated at Poai Hospital. Meanwhile, John Vicente Royo and June B. Flores were brought to the Rong Min Hospital.
The tanker, which proved too heavy for the bridge, crashed and then burst into flames, CNN International reported. At least 20 people were injured.
The five Filipinos have been discharged after receiving treatment. However, Banayo said three other Filipinos were trapped inside fishing vessels docked below and passing through the waters when the bridge went down. He added there’s no word yet about their condition as of this writing.
“The rescue operations are ongoing, headed by the Taiwanese government,” Banayo said in a statement, noting that the President of Taiwan is on-site to assess the situation and direct the rescue operations.