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150-year-old Sukhtawa Bridge collapses as 138-wheel tractor-trailer crosses it

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): The Bhopal-Nagpur national road number 69 was blocked after the collapse of the 150-year-old British-built Sukhtawa Bridge on Sunday, Narmadapuram district administrative officials said.

The accident happened as the 138-wheel tractor-trailer was crossing the bridge in Narmadapuram district, some 70 kilometers from the district headquarters. The truck was carrying a heavy machine to power Itarsi’s power grid. The machine was 17 feet high, 20 feet wide, and weighed 130 tons.

The old bridge could not support its weight and collapsed. The 16-axle truck was hanging from the collapsed bridge halfway. The trailer had four members, including drivers in the crew cabin, all of whom were injured and admitted to hospital. The truck left Hyderabad on March 6. He had been stuck in Saatmau in the Betul district for four days due to a mechanical problem. Engineers fixed it Saturday night. He started his journey on Sunday morning for Itarsi.

Traffic jams of up to several kilometers were observed on the highway. Police and government officials rushed to the scene to check the situation. The administration has now diverted traffic from alternate routes.

Traffic was diverted via Harda to Betul after the accident. Sources said some 5,000 vehicles use the 25ft high bridge daily.

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Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2022, 11:14 PM IST


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