Gungahlin Drive Extension
9 people are wounded after a bridge collapses from the Gungahlin Drive Extension onto the Barton Highway in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.
Sources: The Sydney Morning Herald
Sources: The Sydney Morning Herald
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