Image: Landslide in China
Shi Longbin  /  AP
A landslide collapsed the Chediguan bridge in southwest China's Sichuan Province.The bridge is a key link for reconstruction in areas hit by a devastating earthquake last year, a state news agency said.
updated 7/25/2009 10:43:44 PM ET 2009-07-26T02:43:44

A landslide in China's southwest killed at least six people and damaged a bridge that is a key link for reconstruction in areas hit by a devastating earthquake last year, a state news agency said.

The landslide early Saturday triggered by heavy rains sent boulders crashing down on the bridge and swept seven vehicles into the Min River near Wenchuan in mountainous Sichuan province, the Xinhua News Agency reported. The area was the center of the May 12, 2008, quake that left some 87,000 people dead or missing.

At least six people were killed and 12 injured, it said late Saturday. It said one dead person has not been identified.

The Chediguan bridge is a transportation link for reconstruction work in Wenchuan, Xinhua said.

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