Four Dead In Cuba Bridge Collapse

At least four people have died, following the collapse of a municipal bridge, which was undergoing repairs, in Cuba.

Four workers at a Sherritt International Corp joint venture in Cuba died on Tuesday, when a municipal bridge they were repairing collapsed, the Canadian miner said on Wednesday.

Sherritt, which owns 50 percent of the Moa nickel operation with General Nickel Company SA of Cuba, said the bridge had been damaged by Hurricane Matthew in October and workers have been repairing the structure since late last month.

The bridge provides access to the Moa mine and plant, which are operating at reduced rates, the company said.

The impact on production will depend on how quickly a secondary access route to the mine operation can be put into place, Sherritt said. The Toronto-based company expects to announce more information in coming days.

The bridge crosses a shallow river and is the main access from the local town and port of Moa to the mine site and a acid leach plant.

An investigation into the accident is under way, Sherritt said, adding that the last reported fatality at Moa was a decade ago.

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