[Video] Taiwan bridge collapses after an oil tank crosses it!

10/03/2019

Posted by: Oluwaseun Adeniji

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20 people were injured and three fishing boats were crushed. The reason for the incident in the clear weather remains unknown.

This is something you wouldn’t want to witness in real life as the arch bridge collapsed totally into a harbor last Tuesday in Nanfangao, Taiwan.

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The single arched bridge suddenly collapsed after a tanker crossed it

Twenty people according to the local reports suffered serious injury and 3 fishing boats were crushed in this unfortunate incident, after a massive fire was triggered by a petrol tanker right on the bridge, diving straight into the water and onto the vessels.

The mishap was captured by a minimum of 2 surveillance cameras, reliving a similar trauma from the footage prior to the Genoa’s horrific bridge collapse last year in Italy. Luckily, there is no death casualty so far but 6 crew members are reportedly feared trapped on one of the affected fishing boats.

The collapsed bridge was Taiwan's sole single-span arch bridge and the second steel single-arch-cable bridge on earth

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Several attempts have been made by many rescuers using escalator, cranes and other useful machines to release the trapped boats under the debris, while the water has been thoroughly searched by divers for trapped people.

A Bridge Collapsed in Taiwan on Oct 1, 2019

According to the information supplied to Reuters by local authorities:

“The bridge collapsed at around 9:30 a.m. while an oil tanker vehicle was on it, setting the vehicle on fire. We feared that some fishermen might be trapped in the boats,”

Most of the injured according to National Fire Agency in Taiwan were foreign fishermen. The reason for the collapse of this bridge remains a mystery, since the weather then was completely clear. With a height of 60 feet and a length of 460 feet, the collapsed bridge was the only single-span arch bridge in Taiwan supported by cable and the second single arch-cable steel bridge in the world.

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There is a possibility that this incident might link to a typhoon Mitag, which on Monday swept past the northeast part of Taiwan, thereby injuring twelve people while bringing its winds of up to 100 mph. According to further report, over 66,000 houses lost their power while 150 flights were canceled due to the massive storm.

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