Probe finds bridge sway set off Cambodian stampede

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 24, 2010 15:36

Cambodia — A swaying bridge loaded with thousands of people sparked mass panic and set off a raging stampede that killed more than 350 people in Cambodia's capital, according to a government investigation.

Crowds celebrating a water festival had flocked to an island for a free concert Monday and spilled onto a bridge to the mainland before the panic took hold. Bayon TV, which serves as a mouthpiece for the government, reported Wednesday that a committee found many people on the span were from the countryside and unaware it was normal for a suspension bridge to sway. In their fear it was collapsing, they tried to run off.

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said Wednesday the official death toll was 351 dead with 395 injured, though one government ministry said it could be more then 450.


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