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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

8 Bodies Found in Remains of Vietnam Bridge Disaster

CAN THO, Vietnam -- Rescue workers found eight more bodies Thursday in the rubble of a bridge that collapsed, killing up to 60 people in Vietnam's worst such accident, officials said.

Rescuers toiled through the night cutting away steel scaffolding and concrete in the Mekong Delta where a section of a Japanese-funded bridge under construction collapsed Wednesday while 250 workers were on the site.

"Our top priority is to look for the remaining missing," Transport Minister Ho Nghia Dung said at the scene of the collapse near the busy Hau River that separates the southern city of Can Tho from Vinh Long province.

"This is the most serious ever bridge incident in the history of the transport sector," said Dung, one of several cabinet ministers in the ruling Communist Party to visit the site.

He said construction would resume as soon as the site was cleared and safe.

President Nguyen Minh Triet visited injured workers in hospital and he also went to the scene of the disaster. Some of the injured suffered critical head injuries, a hospital official said.

The twisted mass of steel, broken concrete and bent scaffolding stood at the height of a five-story building about 500 meters from the river in Vinh Long.

Relatives of construction workers kept a vigil near the cordoned-off disaster area, which is about 170 kilometers southwest of the commercial centre of Ho Chi Minh City.

The reason for the accident was not immediately known, but officials said rains may have softened the foundations, causing scaffolding to collapse and bringing down a 90-meter section that was being worked on.