Death toll in Indonesian bridge collapse now at 18

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Posted: Nov 29, 2011 2:10 AM
Death toll in Indonesian bridge collapse now at 18

Rescuers say the number of people killed when a bridge collapsed on Indonesia's remote island of Borneo has climbed to 18, with two dozen others missing and feared dead.

Sunarbowo Sandi, head of the search-and-rescue team, said a sonar device was being used Tuesday to comb the murky bed of the 160-foot-deep (50-meter-deep) Mahakam River.

Some missing bodies are believed trapped inside sunken buses and cars. Sandi says that more than 30 divers are ready to recover them.

The 770-yard (700-meter) structure _ built to resemble the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco _ collapsed last week as a steel support cable snapped while repair work was being done.

The 10-year-old bridge linked the towns of Tenggarong and Samarinda in East Kalimantan province.