Hen party horror as bridegroom and two women killed in bridge collapse disaster

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A hen party turned into a disaster when a bridegroom drowned along with two female guests, it has been reported.

Andrey Bukvetsky had been driving a group to the pre-wedding party when a bridge collapsed in eastern Russia and his car was submerged.

Three women miraculously escaped through the vehicle's smashed rear window but Bukvetsky was killed along with two partygoers.

One women's body found in the car was identified as Alina Pashkova.

The groom and another woman named Svetlana were washed away by the current following the shocking accident.

The new timber bridge collapsed under the weight of the car, say reports from the Primorsky region in eastern Russia.

Model Darya Kornilova, 25, was among those to escape. She posted: "I'm alive.

"I managed to get out through the back window of the car,"

Earlier she had posted on social media about how the group were preparing for a hen party, loading the Lexus car with drinks.

She and the two other surviving women were "in a very bad state" but had given evidence to police on the Arsenyevka River bridge collapse tragedy.

The driver "tried to reverse" on the collapsing bridge as he felt the wooden structure giving way beneath him.

"But he was too late," said a local report.

The car doors were locked at the moment of the disaster but the rear window smashed as the bridge collapsed, allowing three of those inside the car to escape drowning.

A video showed the Lexus being towed out of the river.

The Russian authorities opened a criminal case into the death of three people when the bridge collapsed near the village of Novovarvarovka.

A search has been underway for six days for the missing bodies.

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