A motorway overpass has collapsed in northern Montreal, Canada, killing five motorists, only hours after a local official had declared the structure safe.
The Lavan highway, running east-west collapsed onto Highway 19, running north-south on the afternoon of Saturday 30 September. Motorists had complained of falling debris in the morning, prompting local authorities to send an official to survey the structure.Quebec government officials said that an inspector had examined the bridge, filed a report and then left but alarmed motorists continued to report falling debris from the overpass. The structure collapsed only half an hour after the inspector had left the site.Two lanes of the westbound highway fell onto moving traffic. Two vehicles were crushed, killing five motorists.The structure was subject to regular inspections, the last in May 2005. Local Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt said, 'It wasn't on the list of viaducts and bridges that needed to be repaired or replaced,' in comments to the Canadian Press.