Chennai: Participants fall in river as bridge collapses near Pinkathon venue

A senior media consultant, who was a participant, said that at least 30 people fell into the Cooum canal when the bridge collapsed.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Published: June 6, 2016 3:11 am
bridge 759 The collapsed bridge in Chennai

Pinkathon, touted as India’s biggest women’s run, witnessed an accident in Chennai as a wooden bridge near the Island Grounds venue collapsed while participants were crossing it.

A senior media consultant, who was a participant, said that at least 30 people fell into the Cooum canal when the bridge collapsed.

“Some of them had minor injuries, many lost their cellphones and wallets. Luckily the water was shallow. Organisers chose to behave as if nothing had happened to cover up their negligence,” she said, adding that she was among the many who had an argument with the organisers over their indifference after the accident.

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As participants blamed the organisers, a senior volunteer said they did check the condition of the bridge a day before the event. “It was seemingly strong. It cleared our safety check too. It was used by the public for similar events held recently,” she said.

A police official said the wooden bridge had collapsed as it was unable to bear the weight of the participants. “However, the marathon was not affected, they continued the event,” he said. The bridge was constructed last year during a tourism event.

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