Colombia Bridge Collapse Kills 10

The suspension bridge after Monday's construction tragedy

At least 10 construction workers died in Colombia on Monday after the bridge they were working on near Capital city Bogota collapsed.

Nine people were killed at the scene and the 10th died after being taken to a nearby hospital with severe injuries.

All those who died were construction workers who were installing a drainage system. Several laborers were injured and eleven are reportedly missing.

At around noon on Monday, local time, the structure in the Chirajara gave away, sending the construction workers on the bridge plummeting an estimated 280 metres to their deaths.

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"Up to now there are nine dead and five injured", Romero said, adding that rescue crews "are doing a check to rule out other victims".

Reinaldo Romero, head of disaster response for Meta province, told Reuters the cause of the collapse was under investigation.

German Cardona, Colombia's Transportation Minister, flew above the site of the collapsed bridge, as well as visited rescue staff operating on the ground in conjunction with the head of the national infrastructure agency, Dimitri Zaninovich. The actual distance between Bogota and Villavicencio is around 72 kilometers (45 miles), but given the hard terrain, the highway is significantly longer and consists of multiple tunnels and 46 separate bridges.

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