A suspension bridge connecting two small islands near Bali collapsed at 9.30pm AEDT Sunday, leaving nine people dead and injuring at least 30 others, officials report.
The bridge, known as the Yellow Bridge, links popular tourist islands Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan and is suspected to have collapsed under the weight of too many motorists who were passing over the narrow thoroughfare to attend a religious ceremony.
Despite there only being two metres of sea water below, many were crushed by the falling debris resulting in 9 deaths with up to 30 more injured.
National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said eight of the victims who died have been identified, which included three children aged from 3 to 9.
“Before the bridge collapsed it was already shaking,” said Nugroho. “Some motorcyclists and people fell into the sea, and people in the area immediately tried to save them.”
All victims were locals with no tourists said to have been involved.