China gantry collapse death toll rises to 18

April 14, 2016 3:22 am 

GUANGZHOU, April 13 — The death toll from a gantry collapse in south China's Guangdong Province early Wednesday has risen to 18, while 18 other victims are still in the hospital, a local official said.

The gantry in a factory in Mayong Township, Dongguan City, fell on a two-story temporary building made of containers during a thunderstorm, which brought with it winds of up to 100 km per hour between 5:40-7 a.m. Wednesday, Luo Bin, deputy secretary-general of Dongguan municipal government said.

A total of 139 workers were in the building when the accident occurred, Luo, who is also the rescue spokesperson, said.

Eighty-eight of the workers managed to escape on their own. Of the 51 who were not able to escape, 18 died and another 18 are still in hospital as of 6 p.m. Wednesday. Four of the injured were in a serious but stable condition.

The rescue operation has been concluded.

The factory belongs to the Fourth Harbor Engineering Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Co. Ltd.

The fallen gantry is estimated to weigh 80 tonnes, according to firefighter Li Chaowei.

The company allocated 20 million yuan (USD 3.1 million) to handle the aftermath, Luo said.

The Dongguan municipal government has established a team to investigate the accident. (PNA/Xinhua)

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