COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A wood bridge over a river in southern Norway collapsed early Monday, with a automobile plunging into the water and a truck getting caught on a raised part. The drivers of each automobiles have been rescued and doing nicely, police mentioned.
Police have been alerted shortly after 7:30 a.m. (0530 GMT; 1:30 a.m. EDT) that the bridge had collapsed as a truck and a automobile have been crossing over it. The trigger wasn’t instantly identified.
The automobile plunged into the river whereas the truck remained on the bridge in a virtually vertical place on a bit that was raised at a steep angle out of the water.
A helicopter assisted within the rescue operation and pulled out the truck driver, police mentioned. The motive force of the automobile managed to get out of his car by himself.
The almost 150-meter-long (500-foot-long) bridge connects the west financial institution of the Gudbrandsdalslaagen River and the village of Tretten. The bridge opened in 2012.
“It’s fully catastrophic, fully unreal,” native mayor Jon Halvor Midtmageli advised the Dabgladet newspaper. “Additionally it is a reasonably new bridge.”
“It’s fully destroyed, all the things has fallen down,” he added.
The Norwegian Car Federation mentioned the bridge was checked in 2021, elevating concern concerning the security of such bridges.
“We who journey on the roads should have the ability to belief that the bridges are protected to drive on,” the group’s spokeswoman, Ingunn Handagard, advised the Norwegian information company NTB.
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration mentioned Monday it wished an unbiased investigation into the collapse.
“It have to be protected to drive on Norwegian roads. That’s the reason you will need to unravel this case,” mentioned the administration’s head, Ingrid Dahl Hovland.
Atle Formo, who lives by the Tretten bridge, mentioned he heard “an intense crash.”
“The entire home was shaking. I used to be rolling up the blinds within the bed room and regarded proper at a bridge laying within the river,” he advised Norwegian broadcaster TV2.
An analogous close by bridge in Sjoa within the Gudbrand valley, additionally product of glued laminated timber, collapsed in 2016. The motive force of a truck who was crossing the bridge on the time of the collapse was barely injured.
Following that collapse, 11 comparable bridges, together with the one in Tretten, have been briefly closed by the federal government physique that’s in cost Norway’s infrastructure. The company mentioned in a report concerning the 2016 collapse that “the direct explanation for the bridge collapse is a faulty joint within the framework.”
Norwegian transportation minister Jon-Ivar Nygård was as a consequence of go to the positioning of the newest bridge collapse later Monday.