Emergency teams worked to retrieve the bodies of four of five workers who died after falling 15 meters in a bridge falsework collapse on Nov. 7 in the tiny Pyrenees principality of Andorra. Six more were injured. The accident occurred at the western portal of the recently completed Dos Valires tunnel. The men were working on falsework for a twin-deck, partially cable-stayed bridge being built as an access to the 2.9-kilometer-long tunnel from an existing highway. Workers reportedly had been pouring concrete for several hours when the falsework collapsed. No official cause has been given as investigations continue. The bridge’s
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