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24 people, several of them schoolchildren, have been injured after a bridge collapsed in the Finnish city of Espoo.
According to The Helsinki Hospital Authority, many of those wounded today were pupils from Kalasatama primary school in Helsinki. who had been on a school trip.
The bridge collapsed at around 9.30am and hospital authorities said 15 patients had been seen by 11.10am.
Most of those admitted had suffered broken bones after falling for "several metres" after the temporary pedestrian bridge give way.
The incident occurred in Epsoo, about 12 miles from the Finnish capital Helsinki.
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Kati Pennanen, head teacher of Kalasatama primary school, confirmed that several pupils had been injured and said that the school has set up a crisis number for the parents and guardians of its eighth-grade students.
Finnish police say they are currently investigating the cause of the collapse, and said that at this stage, they do not have specific information about the injuries of those on the bridge, but that they are receiving medical care.
“Several people fell a few metre when the bridge collapsed. The situation is being investigated,” police said in a statement.
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Police are conducting a technical investigation in the area and the possible causes for the accident are being looked into.
Victims of the accident are being treated at Meilahti Bridge Hospital, the New Childrens' hospital as well as at hospitals in Peijas (Vantaa) and Jorvi (Espoo).
None of those affected are believed to have life-threatening injuries, but 10 of the victims are reported to have "serious" injuries.
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