Location: Guangzhou, China, Pearl River Delta region Incident: Cargo Ship Collision with Sea Bridge
Casualties: Five fatalities reported

Guangzhou, located in Guangdong province at the mouth of the Pearl River, serves as a bustling maritime transportation and trade hub in China.

Collision Occurrence:

A barge collided with a bridge over the Pearl River Delta near Guangzhou city.

The incident took place around 5:30 a.m. (2130 GMT) on the Hongqili Waterway.

The collision resulted in part of the bridge breaking off, causing vehicles to plunge into the water.



Emergency responders, including over 100 personnel and six divers, were dispatched.

Salvage vessels and about 15 boats were deployed to assist in the rescue operation.

Casualties and Injuries:

Five fatalities were confirmed, including one bus driver, one motorcycle rider, and three individuals in a van.

Two injured individuals were admitted to the hospital, with their conditions reported as stable.

One crew member of the involved ship sustained minor injuries.

Bridge Damage:

Visuals from China Central Television (CCTV) depicted an empty container barge wedged between two columns of the Lixinsha Bridge, with a section of the road deck missing.

Traffic flow on the bridge was halted due to the accident.

Vehicles Involved:

Four vehicles and an electric motorbike plunged off the bridge.

Two vehicles, including a bus, entered the water, while three others landed on the barge.

The bus was occupied only by its driver at the time of the accident.


Authorities launched an investigation into the cause of the collision.

The Guangzhou maritime administration advised ships and vehicles using the route to seek alternative paths.

The Global Times reported that inappropriate actions by the ship’s crew were cited as contributing factors in the accident.


Nearby residents were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Officials detained the owner of the vessel involved in the collision.

Lixinsha Bridge, a vital transportation artery for Sanmin Island residents, remained out of commission, although a ferry service was available.

The bridge had undergone reinforcement works starting in 2022 due to safety concerns, with an initial completion deadline set for the end of August the following year.

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