Eight students in Sabah’s interior district of Ranau who depended on a particular spot on a suspension bridge to gain internet access for an online class were badly injured when the bridge gave way here Monday night.According to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Joachim Gunsalam, the students from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Ulu Sugut had been on the bridge in Kampung Gusi at around 9pm Monday when the wire mesh and wooden bridge collapsed.
“The bridge is old — about 10 years old, and there has been on and off repairs but it is rickety.“Around eight students had gathered on the one spot — perhaps this is why the bridge gave way,” said Joachim, who is also Kundasang state assemblyman and Industrial Development minister.
The fall is said to be around 18 metres.One student, a 16-year-old girl, broke bones in her thigh and shin while a male student suffered spinal injuries. The rest reportedly sustained light injuries.All eight of the students aged between 15 and 18 years’ old are receiving treatment at the Ranau district hospital. headtopics.com
The bridge is said to be one of the few spots in the village where the cellular signal needed for Internet access was intermittently available at night time.SMK Ulu Sugut Parent-Teacher Association chairman Ratimin Kukunut was reported saying that it had become a regular occurrence for the students in the village to follow their online classes on the bridge at night.
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