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Video | Russian motorway bridge collapses onto Trans-Siberian Railway

Russian Motorway Bridge Collapse

Video footage has emerged of a motorway bridge collapsing over the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia.

A truck was left crushed and at least one person was hospitalised with injuries because of the collapse, it has been reported.

The Trans-Siberian Railway, which connects Moscow with Vladivostok, is the longest railway in the world and is more than a century old.

The incident occurred on Tuesday morning in the city of Svobodny in Russia’s far-eastern Amur region, near the border with China.

Traffic on part of the 7,000km long Trans-Siberian Railway was halted after the collapse.

An inquiry has been launched to determine what caused the bridge to fall.

News of the Russian bridge collapse has come just months after the collapse of the Polcevera viaduct in Italy, more familiarly known as the Morandi bridge, killing 43 people.

Investigators examining the scene of the collapsed Italian bridge in August found damage to the main stay cables on the collapsed section of the bridge and suggested a failure of the cables may have been behind the collapse.

Tender documents seen by New Civil Engineer also revealed that the section of the viaduct that collapsed was due for significant repairs along with the adjacent tower and stay cables. 

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Readers' comments (5)

  • How did the cameraman know in advance ?

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  • Youtube also has another video of apparently the same collapse, taken from further away, but also showing the same collapse, and shots of the collapsed structure.

    For two separate people to be recording the same bridge at the same time implies that they strong reason to believe something would happen, if not the collapse.

    This is worrying for many reasons, which I am sure I don't need to list.

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  • Somebody has filmed the playback of cctv footage. Reflected light on the monitor screen can clearly be seen.

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  • Are you really asking how is it possible that someone recorded the video live??

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  • That first nib on the left as the truck drove over it failed in catastrophic shear. why there was progressive collapse is weird. I wonder if the truck slamming his brakes on helped?

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