Norway: a road bridge collapses, no casualties

Norway: Road bridge collapses, no casualties

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A wooden road bridge collapsed in Norway on Monday morning, throwing a car and a heavy truck into the water, Norwegian police said, who said the accident apparently did not no casualties. 

In the early morning, local police announced on Twitter that, according to testimonies, a private car and a truck had fallen into the water after the collapse of the Tretten bridge in the south of the country.

“A car ended up in the river and the trailer of the heavy truck is swimming in water. The two drivers were found in good health”, then indicated a police official, Terje Krogsad, to the TV2 channel.

Television images showed the car, partly submerged, on the apron of the bridge lying in the Gudbrandsdalslågen river and, a little further on, a truck on another collapsed section of infrastructure.

The truck driver was airlifted to safety.

“We cannot know for sure if there were other people on the bridge but, at this stage, we have no information on other people who may have fallen into the water” , added Terje Krogsad.

Inaugurated in 2012, the Tretten bridge is a wooden structure 148 meters long and 10 meters wide which crosses Gudbrandsdalslågen on a secondary road.

It has two lanes for vehicles and a sidewalk.