MEXICO CITY – Eight workers were killed in an accident at a highway construction site in southern Mexico, the Guerrero state Attorney General’s Office said.
The accident occurred during construction of the Acapulco-Zihuatanejo highway, known as the new Route of the Sun.
“Regarding the regrettable accident at the construction site of the new Route of the Sun, Acapulco-Zihuatanejo, eight construction workers lost their lives near the town of Los Organos de San Agustin,” the state AG’s office said in a bulletin.
It added that it would make sure the construction company guarantees swift payment of life-insurance benefits owed to the workers’ family members.
It also said the company would expedite the process involved in returning the bodies to their relatives.
The accident occurred at 5:50 p.m. Friday when the formwork of a bridge under construction collapsed and brought down part of the road, leaving several people trapped, local media reported.