One dead as bridge collapses in Sweden

A man has been reported missing after a bridge collapsed Saturday afternoon in northern Sweden. Later, a man, still unidentified, was found dead under the bridge.

The man was reported missing after the bridge over Bönälven, north of Överkalix, collapsed Saturday.

The missing man was working on the demolition of the bridge, which is no longer in use, Peter Wikström, an officer with Norrbotten’s emergency service, told the TT news agency.

At about 3.20pm a local witness called emergency services to alert them of the collapsed bridge. At 6pm the man was still missing.

“He is gone,” Rolf Stoltz, an emergency responder, told Dagens Nyheter (DN) Saturday evening.

“We do not know if he is stuck under the bridge or if he travelled with the water current. It is high tide now. We will continue to look for him and will keep on until dusk,” said Stoltz while in a boat on the river.

Late Saturday night, authorities’ search ended when they discovered a dead man, not yet identified, in the water, under the collapsed bridge.

The 50 metre bridge had been built in 1957 and was no longer used. A new bridge, built further downstream, is scheduled for completion this fall.

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