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Several children hurt in bridge collapse in Finland

HELSINKI (AP) – Two dozen people, many of them schoolchildren, were injured when a temporary pedestrian bridge collapsed in the southern Finnish city of Espoo yesterday, police and media said.

Police said the bridge crossing a construction site in Espoo’s Tapiola region collapsed mid-morning. No one was killed, but 24 people were injured, 10 of them seriously.

Espoo is a neighbouring city of the capital, Helsinki.

“Several people fell a few metres when the bridge collapsed. The situation is being investigated,” police said in a statement.

Helsinki University Hospital said it received 15 of those injured.

“The injuries are mostly extremity fractures,” the hospital said in a statement, adding that the injured belonged to a school group.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö tweeted, “Shocking news about an accident in Tapiola.

Providing support and help now important.”

Police are conducting a technical investigation and the possible causes for the accident are being probed.

Two dozen people were injured when a temporary pedestrian bridge collapsed. PHOTO: AP
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