2 dead, 10 injured in Serbia collapse


Emergency teams and people stand near the damaged bridge after it collapsed into a river in the central Serbian town of Ovcar Banja on October 13, 2022. (Screenshot via rina.rs/Epoch Times via AP)

Two women were killed and at least 10 injured when a suspension bridge in central Serbia collapsed into a river on Thursday, local media reports said.

The accident occurred in the town of Ovcar Banja when a bus reportedly carrying visitors from Bosnia stopped for a rest near a bridge over a local river.

The injured were taken to a hospital in the nearby town of Cacak, where doctors pronounced them dead, according to local news outlet Rina.rs.

Survivor Zlatkosa Parangetic described the moment the bridge began to collapse.

“Suddenly, the bridge supporter cracked and started to separate.

She said she was able to swim to the river bank. “Once I got on the bus and got changed, I wanted to cry. I didn’t know what was going on,” added Palangetic.

Local media reported that the collapse was probably caused by an overloaded bridge.

Police have yet to issue an official statement.

Associated Press