(National) - At least six people were injured when a bridge that was under construction collapsed on Saturday near Lucknow, in western Ontario.
The Ontario Provincial Police said a construction crew was working on the bridge on Bruce Road 86 when it came down, at about 12:30 p.m., near this community about 200 kilometres west of Toronto.
Captain Stephen MacPherson of the Goderich Volunteer Fire Department, who arrived at the scene shortly after the collapse, said the workers were pouring concrete on the top on the bridge when the whole structure went down.
"Three of them (the injured) were laying in cement and one on the (cement) leveller itself," said Capt. MacPherson, in a telephone interview with the Canadian Press shortly after returning from the scene.
Two workers were in area hospitals Saturday evening with injuries described as non-life threatening, provincial government spokesman Dennis Harwood said in a release.
A number of others suffered lesser injuries like cuts and bruises and sprained ankles.
Still sounding shaken by the incident, Capt. MacPherson said he could hardly believe that no one was trapped under the bridge.
"It's amazing. I have no idea how it was done. Nobody was pinned," said the volunteer firefighter.
There's lot of twisted steel and cement everywhere, he said, adding even the construction workers who were not injured were pretty shaken up.
"There's a lot of shock out there," he said.
Provincial police said about 15 people had been working on the bridge when it collapsed.
Kincardine and District General Hospital in Kincardine, Ont., said it treated three of the injured.
A hospital staff member declined to comment on their condition.
It had been reported that one of the injured was taken to hospital by air ambulance but Harwood said that was not the case.
Capt. MacPherson said the two-lane bridge had been under construction for most of the summer.
Provincial police were working with the Ontario Ministry of Labour to make sure all the workers who were on the bridge at the time of collapse were accounted for.
The Labour Ministry had taken over the investigation.