Johannesburg Bridge Scaffolding Collapse Kills Two, Injures 20

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Bystanders look on as paramedics try to free passengers trapped in a taxi after a bridge collapsed on the M1 highway near a busy offramp leading to Sandton, South Africa October 14. One person was killed and 20 were injured when a bridge collapsed over Johannesburg's main motorway on Wednesday, local emergency services said. The tangled wreckage of the metal, red-colored bridge was sprawled across Johannesburg's M1 highway near a busy offramp leading to the Sandton financial district where the stock exchange is located, snarling rush-hour traffic. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Two people were killed and around 20 injured when scaffolding for a bridge under construction collapsed over Johannesburg's main motorway on Wednesday, local emergency services said.

"At least five of the injured are critical and the numbers may change as there are still people trapped beneath the structure," said Chris Botha, a spokesman for Netcare 911, a privately-owned emergency services company.

The tangled wreckage of the metal, red-colored structure was sprawled across Johannesburg's M1 highway near a busy offramp leading to the Sandton financial district where the stock exchange is located, snarling rush-hour traffic.

A Reuters witness said paramedics worked to free people from a mini-bus taxi that had been smashed up by the collapse.