More bodies identified in Henan bridge collapse

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 February, 2013, 11:37am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 February, 2013, 11:50am

The official death toll from the fatal Yichang bridge collapse last week has risen to 13 people, according to on-site authorities heading rescue and investigation efforts.

It is the second time this week that the official list of victims has been revised, raising concerns amongst the public that there may have been a deliberate cover-up.

Forensic tests were able to confirm and identify the bodies of three men aged 34, 45 and 54, the Beijing News reported.

One of the victims was the driver of the cargo truck carrying the illegal fireworks that had exploded, leading to the bridge’s collapse.

A CCTV report on Wednesday said authorities had omitted the death of the 34-year-old driver, Shi Yanfei. It questioned why authorities had failed to include his name on the original list five days after the accident.

The earliest media reports had put the death toll at 26, but rescuers eventually reduced it to 10, the figure which most media reports have used since.