Girl, 15, dies in suspension bridge collapse in Toulouse

18 November 2019, 11:16 | Updated: 18 November 2019, 15:24

A 15-year-old girl has died after a suspension bridge in Toulouse collapsed.

French authorities say three people are in serious condition and two firefighters are also in seriously injured.

Images from the scene show rescue workers in a small boat attempting to reach into an almost fully submerged car.

The fire service confirmed the bridge collapsed in Mirepoix-sur-Tarn, saying a crew of around 80 were on the scene.

Rescue teams equipped with diving gear were at the river. Three helicopters were also deployed.

"There are probably several people missing, we can't yet determine how many," local prefect Etienne Guyot said.

He added: "Our priority is to find these people."

The 150 metre-long suspension bridge collapsed as a lorry, car and possibly a van were crossing, the local prosecutor said.

La Depeche news site reported that a lorry weighing more than the limit attempted to make the crossing.

The bridge was limited to 19-tonne vehicles.

News site France24 cited fire service and local security chief Etienne Guyot saying that four people have been rescued but a number of others are thought to be missing.

The bridge was built in 1931.