HARBIN, CHINA (CNN) - A bridge suddenly collapsed early Friday morning in Harbin, Northeast China, bringing down four trucks passing it, killing three people and injuring five, police sources said.
The accident occurred at about 5:30 on the Yangmingtan Bridge over the Songhua River in the provincial capital of Heilongjiang.
The 15.4-km long bridge was opened to traffic on Nov. 6 last year. The collapsed part measures 100 meters in length, which fell from a height of 30 meters.
The eight-lane bridge over the Songhua River was designed to handle 9,800 vehicles per hour, and to ease the traffic congestion on both sides of the river.