At least 6 killed as Sierra Leone bridge collapses
FREETOWN (REUTERS) - At least six homeless people sleeping under a bridge in the heart of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown were crushed to death early on Friday when the bridge collapsed in a landslide caused by heavy rain, the country's police inspector general said.
The Jimmy Bridge, heavily used by both vehicles and pedestrians, collapsed between 2am and 3am (10am and 11am Singapore time). Six bodies were recovered, all of them homeless people who had been sleeping under the structure.
Inspector General Francis Munu said more victims were believed to remain trapped under the wreckage and the death toll from the accident was likely to rise.
Rescue efforts continued throughout the day under a torrential downpour.