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Emergency repair cash released after San Francisco motorway bridge collapse

Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday released emergency funds to accelerate the rebuild of a collapsed section of overpass, destroyed in a oil tanker explosion early on Sunday morning in San Francisco.
The tanker, carrying 32,500l of petrol, crashed and exploded beneath a viaduct on a muli level interchange that funnels traffic off San Francisco's Oakland Bay bridge, causing 230m of roadway to collapse. 'I have issued an emergency declaration in order to begin immediate repair and replacement of the interchange in Emeryville, said Schwarzenegger. 'This declaration will streamline public contracting and environmental codes and provide emergency funding to allow repair operations to begin immediately,' said Schwarzenegger.Longitudonal steel beams supporting the deck of the viaduct failed in the intense heat of the tanker fire, weakened causing it to collapse onto another viaduct below it.

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