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Motorway bridge collapses

Post by 1964white » Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:08 pm

A major motorway bridge has collapsed near the Italian city of Genoa, leading to vehicles falling some 100m (328ft)

Many fatal casualties.....RIP to those who have lost their lives in this horrific tragedy

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45183624

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Re: Motorway bridge collapses

Post by Ellandback1 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:16 pm

Over a 300ft drop. R.I.P...

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Post by 1964white » Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:26 pm

Sky News reporting on the Westminster terrorist attack where no one has died & the Ben Stokes trial

Meanwhile totally oblivious to the Genoa disaster :roll:

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Post by rich_leeds64 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:45 pm

Heard about this on the radio, shocking and it’s going to have a massive impact on Italy’s economy as it’s the main route out of one of their busiest ports.
RIP to all the victims

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Post by gessa » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:17 pm

Truly awful, amazed there were not more casualties that time of day.

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Post by Norm » Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:38 am

Terrible news - R.I.P. indeed, the poor people.

If you read on in that report if gives the following information, which may or may not have a grain of truth in it -
The highway operator said work to shore up its foundation was being carried out at the time of the collapse.
Repair work on the bridge was carried out in 2016, Reuters reports. Major repairs also took place in the 1990s.
A structural engineer who lectures at Genoa University, Antonio Brencich, warned in 2016 that there were problems with the bridge, Italian media report.
The bridge's designer, Riccardo Morandi (1902-1989) had miscalculated the "viscous deformation" - an ageing effect on reinforced concrete, Mr Brencich said.
"He was an engineer with great insight but lacking in practical calculations," the lecturer said.
- interesting that work to shore up its foundation was being carried out.

There will be attempts to deflect blame I'm sure

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Post by 1964white » Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:02 am

gessa wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:17 pm
Truly awful, amazed there were not more casualties that time of day.
Sadly there will be more casualties under the rubble mate, absolutely horrific!

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Post by Norm » Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:13 am

1964white wrote:

Sadly there will be more casualties under the rubble mate, absolutely horrific!
Those we know about are the tip of the iceberg Leon.

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Post by 1964white » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:20 am

Incredible stories of how people escaped death who were on the bridge at the time

39 unfortunate people have lost their lives confirmed so far :(

More fatal casualties expected as the rescue teams continue to search through the rubble

25 million vehicles a year use that bridge, will take years to rebuild

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Post by Shields53 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:55 am

Absolutely shocking.

An incredible piece of engineering, sounds like age and neglect may be to blame.

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Post by Dalton » Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:01 am

a shocking event for sure. I am no architect but pictures of the centre section of the bridge from the past 2 years look damn flimsy to me
the QE2 bridge has double the traffic but just looks alot more stable in my view
My my my, such a lot of guns around town and so few brains

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Re: Motorway bridge collapses

Post by Mrs64 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:57 pm

Horrifying for those poor people who must have felt helpless for the last few seconds of their life as the bridge crumbled around them

Condolences to the families/friends who lost their loved ones

RIP

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